Despite the popular claim that Gov. Corbett “cut $1 billion” in education spending in the state budget, state funding for public schools is at an all-time high. In 2011-12, federal stimulus funding—$1.3 billion of which was used for public education in 2010-11—disappeared. The following year, the state budget increased state dollars for public schools by $480 million.
The 2013-14 budget would spend nearly $10 billion on PreK-12 education. This represents a record high, even greater than state plus federal stimulus dollars.
For more on school spending check out 6 Trends in Public School Spending.