The Canard of Corbett’s Education Cuts

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.

State Spending K-12

For more on school spending check out 6 Trends in Public School Spending.