Funded: State Policy Analysis

A Detailed Look at Each State's Funding Policies

Below, see summaries of the state’s education funding policy in each issue area. Click the Expand icon next to any summary to see more detail, if available, about that state’s policy regarding that issue area. Click the Citation icon
next to any summary to see the sources of the information regarding that issue area.
Pennsylvania
Funding Basics
Formula Type

The state of Pennsylvania does not have a funding formula in use at this time.

References:
Wolf, T. (2015, March 3). 2014-2016 Budget Speech. Presented at Pennsylvania State Capitol, Harrisburg, PA. Retrieved June 1, 2016.
Base Amount

The state of Pennsylvania does not have a funding formula in use at this time.

References:
Wolf, T. (2015, March 3). 2014-2016 Budget Speech. Presented at Pennsylvania State Capitol, Harrisburg, PA. Retrieved June 1, 2016.
Expected Local Share

The state of Pennsylvania does not have a funding formula in use at this time.

References:
Wolf, T. (2015, March 3). 2014-2016 Budget Speech. Presented at Pennsylvania State Capitol, Harrisburg, PA. Retrieved June 1, 2016.
Student Characteristics
Grade Level

The state of Pennsylvania does not have a funding formula in use at this time.

References:
Wolf, T. (2015, March 3). 2014-2016 Budget Speech. Presented at Pennsylvania State Capitol, Harrisburg, PA. Retrieved June 1, 2016.
English Language Learner

The state of Pennsylvania does not have a funding formula in use at this time.

References:
Wolf, T. (2015, March 3). 2014-2016 Budget Speech. Presented at Pennsylvania State Capitol, Harrisburg, PA. Retrieved June 1, 2016.
Student Poverty

The state of Pennsylvania does not have a funding formula in use at this time.

References:
Wolf, T. (2015, March 3). 2014-2016 Budget Speech. Presented at Pennsylvania State Capitol, Harrisburg, PA. Retrieved June 1, 2016.
Special Education

The state of Pennsylvania does not have a funding formula in use at this time. However, in practice, the state currently funds special education using a hybrid system incorporating multiple student weights and a block grant.

Of the nearly $1 billion spent by the state on special education each year, the large majority is distributed at levels that have been frozen for several years. That money was originally distributed in accordance with a census-based system that assumed a special education prevalence rate of 16%, but now, the money is distributed as a block grant.

The remainder of state special education funding, approximately 2% of state funding spent for this purpose, is distributed according to a formula that includes three weighted student categories and adjusts the funds distributed based on district size, rurality, and property wealth.

References:
Barrick, Hannah. Director of Advocacy. Pennsylvania Associations of School Business Officials. Personal Communication with EdBuild. November 17, 2015.
Wolf, T. (2015, March 3). 2014-2016 Budget Speech. Presented at Pennsylvania State Capitol, Harrisburg, PA. Retrieved June 1, 2016.
Gifted

The state of Pennsylvania does not have a funding formula in use at this time.

References:
Wolf, T. (2015, March 3). 2014-2016 Budget Speech. Presented at Pennsylvania State Capitol, Harrisburg, PA. Retrieved June 1, 2016.
Career and Technical Education

The state of Pennsylvania does not have a funding formula in use at this time.

References:
Wolf, T. (2015, March 3). 2014-2016 Budget Speech. Presented at Pennsylvania State Capitol, Harrisburg, PA. Retrieved June 1, 2016.
Community Characteristics
District Poverty

The state of Pennsylvania does not have a funding formula in use at this time.

References:
Wolf, T. (2015, March 3). 2014-2016 Budget Speech. Presented at Pennsylvania State Capitol, Harrisburg, PA. Retrieved June 1, 2016.
Sparsity and/or Small Size

The state of Pennsylvania does not have a funding formula in use at this time.

References:
Wolf, T. (2015, March 3). 2014-2016 Budget Speech. Presented at Pennsylvania State Capitol, Harrisburg, PA. Retrieved June 1, 2016.