Public schools get more money: Pa. budget winners and losers

PennLive reporter Ron Southwick provides an update regarding the state budget and public school funding:

At a glance: Pennsylvania’s K-12 schools will see more state aid in the 2013-14 state budget.

What it means: Overall, public schools will see an uptick in money. Some education groups contend that Gov. Tom Corbett should have done more for schools, particularly the cash-strapped Philadelphia district.

However, the budget directs $5.5 billion for basic education, the primary line of aid for public schools. That represents a $122 million increase.

School districts throughout central Pennsylvania will see increases in aid, according to budget information provided by the state House of Representatives.

Special education will get $1 billion, the same as last year. That’s likely a source of some disappointment for advocates; special education has been relatively flat for a few years. However, there is more money available for early intervention and pre-Kindergarten programs.

There’s also an uptick for efforts to keep schools safe. The budget directs $8.5 million to the safe schools initiative, up from about $2 million last year.

The budget also directs just over $1 billion to the school employees’ retirement system, an increase of $160 million.

Verdict: Winner

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