Governor Wolf Joins Educators in Celebrating Historic Education Funding for Public Schools
Education, Press Release
Governor Tom Wolf today joined students, educators and legislators from the Southeast Delco School District to celebrate the administration’s historic $3.7 billion investment in public education over the past last eight years.
“When I took office, I promised the people of Pennsylvania that I would work with the legislature to make education and the future of our children a new priority,” Governor Wolf said. “I was honored to sign this year’s historic budget, which includes the largest increase in education funding in Pennsylvania history.”
This year’s budget alone includes a record $1.8 billion in investments from kindergarten to higher education. Of the Wolf administration’s eight budgets, K-12esenior funding increased by $2.7 billion.
Speaking at the District Kindergarten Center, Governor Wolf said increasing state support for education was the primary motivating factor in his decision to run for office. This priority was still at the center of this year’s budget discussions, resulting in:
- Increase of $525 million through the Equitable Funding Formula. On average, schools in Pennsylvania will see their funding increase by 8%.
- Increase of $225 million for Higher level to provide targeted support to the 100 most needy school districts, ensuring that every child in Pennsylvania has the opportunity to thrive and succeed through equal access to high-quality education, regardless of zip code .
- $100 million increase for special education.
- $79 million increase for early childhood education through Pre-K Counts and Head Start.
- $220 million for public higher education.
“House Democrats have fought hard for the historic increase in school funding this year, because we know that Pennsylvania cannot succeed if our students do not succeed, and access to a great education should not not be based on zip code,” the Democratic leader said. , said Joanna McClinton. “With record investments, schools across the state, like Southeast Delco, can prepare children to reach their full potential.”
This year’s investment in education includes $850 million in recurring funding to enable school districts to invest in student learning while simultaneously reducing local property taxes.
“I am proud to announce $28.67 million in education funding for the Southeast Delco School District. Education has always been a top priority for me and the people of this district,” said State Representative David Delloso. “These critically important resources will be used to support students in K-12, pre-K, STEM and special education.”
Even before the 2022-23 budget was finalized, the Wolf administration had:
- Invested more than $1.8 billion in education from kindergarten through college, including the largest single-year increase in education funding in state history in 2021.
- Created the Level Up initiative to provide $100 million to the 100 most underfunded school districts.
- Established the Public School Fairs Funding Formula to help address the chronic inequitable and inadequate funding of Commonwealth school districts.
- Investing $116 million in science, computer and technology education, including $80 million in the innovative PAsmart program and $36 million in apprenticeships and workforce training.
- Modernized standards for science education.
- Investing more than $130 million in School Safety Grants to make schools and school communities safer.
- Reducing the age at which students must start school to 6 and raising the school leaving age to 18 to prepare students for a life of success.
- Launched the first campus sexual assault prevention initiative “It’s On Us PA” to combat sexual assault and make colleges and universities safer.