Corbett’s Budget Increases Funding for Education by $387 Million; New
Initiatives to Raise Student Achievement
Investments to Ensure Students are Ready to Learn, Ready to Grow and
Ready to Succeed
Harrisburg – Gov. Tom Corbett today unveiled
his 2014-15 state budget that invests $12.01 billion in state funding for
students in Pennsylvania’s early, basic and postsecondary education
systems. This is an increase of $387 million,
or 3.3 percent, over last year’s budget.
child in this state should be ready to learn, ready to grow and ready to
succeed,” Corbett said. “At every level,
from early childhood to high school and beyond, every dollar we spend is an
investment in the future of our commonwealth.”
Corbett’s Ready to Learn education agenda has transformed the state’s education
system. Through targeted initiatives,
Corbett has increased accountability and transparency of public schools,
infused stronger educational resources into classrooms and focused financial
resources on supporting all students.
As a result
of these strategic investments, Pennsylvania’s students are Ready to Learn,
Ready to Grow and Ready to Succeed as they prepare to enter the 21st century
Support of Public Schools
budget invests more than $10.1 billion in state funds in support of public
schools – an increase of $368.6 million, or 3.8 percent.
to Learn Block Grant, the governor’s new initiative to increase student achievement,
provides $340 million in direct classroom support – $100 million allocated
through the Accountability Block Grant and $240 million distributed through a
student-focused funding formula.
the School Performance Profile, schools are permitted to use the additional
funding to enhance learning opportunities for students and innovation at the
eligible uses include:
- Pre-kindergarten to grade 3 curriculum alignment;
- Ensuring that all students are reading and doing
math on target by third grade;
- Extended learning opportunities for more
customized student instruction;
- Training to support early literacy;
- Supplemental instruction in biology, English
language arts and algebra I;
- Instructional coaches;
- Science, technology, engineering and mathematics
(STEM) education; and
- Implementation of the State Literacy Plan.
additional component of the Ready to Learn Block Grant, $1 million in
competitive grant funds will be shared among schools that have attained a 90 or
higher on the School Performance Profile. This program, the Governor’s
Expanding Excellence Program, would pave the way for high-performing schools
share best practices that have proven to increase student achievement.
dedicated $10 million competitive Hybrid Learning grant program, up to 100
schools will be awarded funding to develop and implement new educational
strategies in the classroom to customize a student’s education and improve
learning blends traditional and digital learning and has proven successful in
schools across the nation.
budget also provides $1.05 billion for special education, an increase of $20
million – the first increase in six years. The additional funding will be
distributed to schools based on categories of support for students with
disabilities discussed as part of the Special Education Funding Commission.
public schools also includes:
- Basic Education Funding – $5.53 billion
- Career and Technical Education – $62 million
- Special Education, Approved Private Schools –
- Student transportation – $625.3 million
- School Employees’ Social Security – $482.5 million
- School Employees’ Retirement – $1.11 billion
- Pennsylvania Charter Schools for the Deaf and
Blind – $41.7 million
additional investments, total state funding for public schools increases by
$1.55 billion, or 18.1 percent, since Corbett has taken office
discontinued by the previous administration in 2009, last year, Corbett
partnered with Carnegie Mellon University to re-open the Governor’s School for
the Sciences to offer talented high school juniors an opportunity to engage in
cooperative learning and hands-on laboratory research in the sciences at no
cost to students.
budget would provide $350,000 to continue funding for the Governor’s School for
the Sciences and re-establish two additional schools for agricultural sciences
and technology and engineering.
budget provides $374 million for early education, an increase of $10.8, or 3
Pre-K Counts would receive $97.3 million, an increase of $10 million, or 11.5
percent. This would serve an additional
1,670 students, bringing the total number of Pennsylvania students receiving
high-quality early education through Pre-K Counts to nearly 15,700.
Supplemental Assistance would receive $39.1 million.
Intervention, which provides support for students, age three to five, who have
developmental disabilities, would receive $237.5 million. This includes $9.5 million to serve an
additional 1,500 children, bringing the total number of students receiving
services to nearly 52,350.
also includes a supplemental appropriation for Early Intervention of $14.7
million for the 2013-14 budget.
taking office, Governor Corbett has increased funding for early education
programs by $72 million, or 24 percent, which has enabled nearly an additional
11,100 students to access high quality early childhood education programs.
increase the availability of high-quality early learning programs to
Pennsylvania’s youngest students, the state was recently awarded $51.7 million
in federal Race to the Top funding to support high-quality early childhood
education programs across the state.
funding will support the following:
- Kindergarten Entry Inventory to better understand
the needs of children upon kindergarten entry.
- Governor’s Institutes to enhance teaching practice
for Pre-K to grade three educators in a variety of early learning topics,
including literacy, math proficiency and Science, Technology, Engineering
and Math (STEM) education; and
- Early Childhood Education Community Innovation
Grants to increase family support and engagement, develop stronger
relationships between early childhood education programs and school
districts, and strengthen the network of community organizations that
serve families with young children.
Grants will be targeted to communities that serve low-performing
budget provides a total of $1.62 billion for Pennsylvania’s students and higher
effort to offset the cost of postsecondary education, Governor Corbett’s Ready
to Succeed scholarship initiative would provide up to $2,000 to eligible
students whose families earn up to $110,000.
to income eligibility, students would have to demonstrate academic merit to
qualify for a scholarship.
know post-secondary degrees are costly and sometimes out of reach as students
and their families worry about debt.
With this budget, we will launch the Ready to Succeed Scholarship program,
which will provide an additional $25 million for middle income students who
want to earn a two- or four-year degree,” Corbett said. “Whether students are
looking at trade school or college, a little help at the right time can make a
world of difference”
scholarship program would be administered by the Pennsylvania Higher Education
Assistance Agency and would be in addition to the $345 million included in the
budget for state grants funding for students.
also provides the following amounts for the state-owned and state-related
- State System of Higher Education – $412.8 million
- Pennsylvania State University – $214.1 million
- University of Pittsburgh – $136.3 million
- Temple University – $139.9 million
- Lincoln University – $13.2 million
- Pennsylvania College of Technology – $15.6 million
- Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology – $10.3
14 community colleges would receive $212.2 million in operational funding and
$47.9 million in capital funding.
budget invests $61.3 million in Pennsylvania’s public libraries:
- Public Library Subsidy - $54 million, an increase
of $500,000, or 1 percent.
- Library Access - $2.8 million.
- Library Services for the Visually Impaired and
Disabled - $2.6 million.
- State Library - $1.9 million.
Corbett’s continued investment in Pennsylvania’s students will ensure that our
children are prepared to compete nationally and lead globally,” said Acting
Secretary of Education Carolyn Dumaresq.
“I am confident that our students and educators are up to the
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