Published: January 6, 2005

Finance Snapshots

Pennsylvania

Article Tools
  • PrintPrinter-Friendly
  • EmailEmail Article
  • ReprintReprints

Pennsylvania is one of the few states that do not use a foundation formula to pay for education. Components of the state’s formula can be described as “percentage equalizing.” A total of $4.3 billion is distributed to districts based on how much each district received the previous year, with additional money provided through several supplements. Districts are guaranteed at least a 2 percent increase in funding over the previous year. The base supplement for general aid is allocated using a district-wealth ratio to measure local fiscal capacity; the ratio uses measures of local property wealth and personal income. In Pennsylvania, there is not a required local effort for districts to receive the base supplement, but two of the additional supplements do require a minimum local tax effort. Similarly, although the state has no weights in the formula for student or district characteristics, it provides separate supplements for English-language learners, students in poverty, and small school districts. Pennsylvania also distributes money through categorical aid. The state spent more than $2.7 billion on 34 such programs in fiscal 2004, including support for transportation, special education, reading initiatives, professional development, early-childhood education, teacher retirement and benefits, and technology.

Use the selector box at top right to view finance snapshots for individual states.

Vol. 24, Issue 17, Pages 70,72

Back to Top Back to Top

December 10, 2016 | Receive RSS RSS feeds

Most Popular Stories

Viewed

Emailed

Commented

Quality Counts 2005
View additional data for each state:



Advertisement

Advertisement

EW Archive