Concentrating Resources on Failing Systems Instead of Students

The 2021-22 budget has the largest state education funding increase in Pennsylvania history despite public schools receiving over $6.2 billion in federal COVID-19 relief funds. The funding increase includes a $100 million boost to “Level Up” the lowest-wealth school districts.

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How Pennsylvania Is Progressing in the Race to Rebuild

The 2021 state budget includes some policy changes to spur recovery and better governance, but much more needs to occur.

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2021 Budget Takeaways

School Funding Myth Busters

In the face of uncertainly due to COVID in 2020, state lawmakers flat-funded education for the 2020–21 school year. Districts also received about $6 billion in additional funding via three federal COVID relief packages.

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The Untapped Potential of Expanded Tax Credit Scholarships

This study reviews the most rigorous evidence on school choice and student outcomes in the United States and estimates the economic impacts of expanding access to Pennsylvania’s K-12 tax credit scholarship programs by increasing the cap by $95 million in the 2021- 22 school year.

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Steps to Enhance Election Integrity

In 2020, Pennsylvania’s newly amended election law struggled under unprecedented mail-in voting. In addition, last-minute state guidance and judicial decisions skirted state election law, further delaying results and causing confusion.

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Governor's Lone Wolf Approach Leaves Families Wanting

Throughout his two terms in office, Governor Tom Wolf has showcased his preference to act unilaterally and consistent unwillingness to work with the state legislature. The unprecedented power Wolf has wielded during the COVID-19 emergency, including ignoring election law, is just the latest example of how Wolf sidesteps the legislative process. Due to his fiscal track record and state lockdown policies, national reports rank Governor Wolf as one of the worst governors in the United States.

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Are Pa. Public Schools Underfunded?

Pennsylvania spends more per student than the vast majority of states. Education spending has significantly increased over the past decade. Scroll down to see how much funding your district receives per student.

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