Pennsylvania Governor: $1.3 Billion Investment in Public Schools

Pennsylvania Governor: $1.3 Billion Investment in Public Schools

Restores fairness to public school funding Directs all existing state basic education funding through fair funding formula for first time Eliminates or cuts taxes for two-thirds of Pennsylvanians

Harrisburg, PA (STL.News) Continuing to make the future of Pennsylvania’s students a priority, Governor Tom Wolf’s 2021 agenda makes a historic $1.3 billion investment in public schools and creates fairness in education funding, while cutting taxes for working families and businesses.

The governor was joined for a virtual press conference by state Rep. Chris Rabb, Acting Education Secretary Noe Ortega and Allentown School District Superintendent Thomas Parker.

“Pennsylvania’s school funding system is unfair to students, teachers and communities,” said Gov. Wolf.  “The state still largely funds schools based on student enrollment from 30 years ago, which underfunds growing districts from our small towns to our big cities.  My common sense plan restores fairness to school funding to ensure every community can provide the quality education students need to succeed in life.”

Directing $6.4 billion in state funding through the fair funding formula

Pennsylvania has one of the most unfair school funding systems in the country and the fair funding formula created in 2016 applies only to new investments. 

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