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Pennsylvania 2014-15 State Budget Signed Into Law

Submitted On: Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Analyst: Hower, Aileen

On July 10, Governor Corbett signed into law the 2014-15 state budget and its enabling legislation that allocates more than $10 billion in state support of public schools.

Below are highlights of the enacted 2014-15 state budget:

·         Basic Education Funding – $5.53 billion: Each school district will receive the same amount it received in 2013-14.

·         Ready to Learn Block Grant – $200 million – increased funding of $100 million: Each school district will receive an amount equal to its 2013-14 Accountability Block Grant allocation pursuant to Section 2599.2 of the Public School Code.

o   Each school entity (school district and charter school) will receive a Student-Focused Funding Supplement calculated as the sum of the following:

§  A per-student factor equal to $231 multiplied by the product of each school entity’s average daily membership (ADM) and its market value/personal income aid ratio (MV/PI AR).

§  An English language learner factor equal to $34.65 ($231 x 15%) multiplied by the product of the number students in the school entity identified as limited English proficient and its MV/PI AR.

§  A poverty factor equal to $57.75 ($231 x 25%) multiplied by the product of the number of students in the school entity identified as economically disadvantaged and its MV/PI AR.

o   School entities can use their Ready to Learn Block Grant to enhance learning opportunities for students through initiatives, such as:

§  The eligible uses under the Accountability Block Grant program.

§  Pre-kindergarten to grade 3 curriculum alignment;

§  Ensuring that all students are performing at grade level by third grade in both reading and math;

§  Extended learning opportunities for supplemental and customized student instruction for pre-kindergarten to grade 3;

§  Training to support early literacy;

§  Supplemental instruction in biology, English language arts and algebra I;

§  Instructional coaches;

§  Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education;

§  Implementation of the State Literacy Plan; and

§  Hybrid learning.

·         Special Education – 1.05 billion – an increase of $20 million.

o   These new dollars will be distributed based on categories of support for students with disabilities.

§  For school districts and charter schools that submit contingency fund applications for students whose costs are $75,000 to $100,000, the department will subtract the state subsidy and multiply the difference by the school entities’ market value/personal income aid ratio.

§  School entities that submit contingency fund applications for students whose costs are greater than $100,000, the department will subtract the state subsidy.

§  The contingency fund will be capped at approximately $300,000 for any school entity.

o   Note: No changes will be made to the calculation for how charter schools receive funding for students with disabilities.

·         Pre-K Counts – $97.3 million – an increase of $10 million

·         Head Start Supplemental Assistance – $39.2 million

·         Early Intervention – $237.5 million – an increase of $9.5 million

·         Pennsylvania Charter Schools for the Deaf and Blind – $42.8 million – an increase of $1.1 million

Academic Level

P12

State

Pennsylvania

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