plan includes Governor’s Ready to Learn Block Grant and Ready to Succeed
Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett today signed
into law the 2014-15 state budget that invests a record $12 billion in state
funding for students in Pennsylvania’s early, basic and postsecondary education
systems. This represents an increase of $323 million, or 2.8 percent,
over last year’s budget.
pleased with the additional investments that this budget makes into the
students of Pennsylvania” Corbett said. “This budget directs funding to
areas that will support student achievement and ensure that students are
prepared for postsecondary success, whether they choose to enter the workforce,
further their education or enlist in the military.”
taking office, Governor Corbett has increased funding for early, basic and
postsecondary education from $10.8 billion to $11.9 billion – an increase of
more than $1 billion.
Two of the
Governor’s landmark initiatives are included in the final budget: the Ready to Learn
Block Grant for public schools and the Ready to Succeed Scholarship that
provides financial assistance to middle-income students pursuing a
both programs invest an additional $105 million in students.
also increased funding for special education by $20 million – the first
increase in six years.
affirms Governor Corbett’s commitment to early education by investing $374
million into high-quality pre-kindergarten programs for Pennsylvania’s youngest
learners. This is an increase of $19.5 million, or 5.5 percent, over last
Pre-K Counts would receive $97.3 million, an increase of $10 million, or 11.5
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.
taking office, the Governor has increased funding for early education programs
by $72 million, or 24 percent.
Support of Public Schools
budget allocates more than $10 billion in state funding for support of
Pennsylvania’s public schools. This represents an increase of $305
million, or 3 percent, over last year.
includes one of the Governor’s signature education initiatives – the Ready to
Learn Block Grant – that is designed to support programs and services that
increase student achievement. Half of this $200 million grant would be
distributed through the former Accountability Block Grant, with the remaining
funding allocated through a student-focused funding formula, which includes a
school’s current population of students adjusted by its aid ratio, or relative
wealth. The formula also includes supplemental funding for students who
are English language learners and economically disadvantaged students.
use their Ready to Learn Block Grant funding to enhance learning opportunities
for students through initiatives, such as:
to grade 3 curriculum alignment;
that all students are academically performing at grade level by third
grade in both reading and math;
learning opportunities for supplemental and customized student instruction
for pre-kindergarten to grade 3;
to support early literacy;
instruction in biology, English language arts and algebra I;
technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education;
of the State Literacy Plan; and
also provides $1.05 billion for special education, an increase of $20 million –
the first increase in six years. This additional funding will be
distributed to schools based on categories of support for students with
disabilities as outlined by the Special Education Funding Commission.
funding for public schools includes:
Education Funding – $5.53 billion.
and Technical Education – $62 million.
and Technical Education Equipment Grants – $3 million.
Private Schools – $95.3 million.
transportation – $625.3 million.
Employees’ Social Security – $500.8 million.
Employees’ Retirement – $1.16 billion.
Charter Schools for the Deaf and Blind – $42.8 million.
Food Services – $32.5 million.
additional investments, total state support of public schools has increased by
$1.5 billion, or 17.3 percent, since Governor Corbett took office.
also includes $1.6 billion for postsecondary education students and
offset the cost of postsecondary education, this budget includes $5 million for
Governor Corbett’s Ready to Succeed Scholarship initiative, which provides up
to $2,000 to eligible students whose families earn up to $110,000.
to income eligibility, students would need to demonstrate postsecondary
academic merit to qualify for a scholarship in their sophomore, junior and
scholarship program will help to reduce the debt burden that many postsecondary
education students across the commonwealth have upon graduation,” Corbett
said. “Oftentimes, middle-income students do not qualify for state grants
and the Ready to Succeed Scholarship will change that practice by providing
much-needed financial assistance to those pursuing higher education. I am
pleased the General Assembly included this program in the final budget.”
to Success 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 for students
also provides funding to the state-owned and state-related universities:
System of Higher Education – $412.8 million.
State University – $214.1 million.
of Pittsburgh – $136.3 million.
University – $139.9 million.
University – $13.2 million.
College of Technology – $17.6 million – $2 million increase.
Stevens College of Technology – $12.3 million – $2 million increase.
14 community colleges will receive a total of $264.5 million – $215.7 million
for operations and $48.9 million for capital projects. This represents an
increase of $3.5 million over last year.
invests $61.1 million in Pennsylvania’s public libraries:
Library Subsidy – $53.5 million
Access – $3 million
Services for the Visually Impaired and Disabled – $2.6 million
Library – $1.96 million
budget provides critical resources for students to academically grow and be
globally competitive,” Corbett said. “Every dollar we invest in education
now will benefit the state’s long-term economic stability.”
contact: Tim Eller,
additional information on the enacted 2014-15 budget for education, including
estimated funding allocations for schools, visit www.education.state.pa.us and click
on the “Education Budget: 2014-15 Enacted Education Budget” icon.