We are investing more than ever in our schools and students.

 

While more spending doesn’t equal a better education, we boosted funding for basic, special and early childhood education this year.

The 2019-20 state budget:
Increases state funding to a record high $12.8 billion for PreK-12 education. 
Allocates an additional $50 million for special education, along with $25 million more for PreK Counts. 
Devotes an additional $10 million to career and technical education to help prepare students for the jobs of today and tomorrow. 
Provides parents and students with education options to better fit their needs and allows public schools to offer advanced academic programs. The Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) received $160 million for the establishment of student scholarships. Legislation that would have increased the amount of tax credits available under the EITC program by $100 million was vetoed by the governor.  
Allocates $60 million for a School Safety Grant program, making every school eligible for funding to be used toward security measures they prioritize.
Boosts funding for higher education by 2% for community colleges and state-related universities. The State System of Higher Education schools also received a 2% increase.

We are working to improve the charter school system.


The House passed four pieces of legislation designed to update and improve the charter school law:

House Bill 355 would make critical ethics, transparency, governance and auditing reforms.

House Bill 356 would address charter school facilities, including the use of sectarian facilities, purchase of school district facilities, operation of more than one charter school location and access to testing facilities.

House Bill 357 would establish uniform processes and procedures related to charter applications, renewals, amendments, enrollment and attendance records.

House Bill 358 would permit charter schools and area vocational-technical schools to enter dual enrollment agreements with institutions of high education.

We are preparing students/workers for careers.


	Enacted the most significant reform of Pennsylvania’s career and technical education (CTE) laws in more than 30 years (Act 76 of 2019).

Enacted new vocational instructional certification requirements to attract more experienced vocational-technical educators (Act 39 of 2018).

Created an alternative pathway for CTE students to demonstrate readiness for high school graduation with alternatives to the
Keystone Exam (Act 6 of 2017).

Formed the Select Subcommittee on Technical Education and Career Readiness to ensure that this important educational pathway is not
overlooked (House Resolution 102 of 2015).