Harrisburg – The Department of Education launched a new website that clearly explains the increases in state taxpayer funding that school districts will receive under Governor Tom Corbett’s proposed 2012-13 state budget.
The website, which offers accurate funding information for the primary subsidies appropriated to school districts, is www.investinginpastudents.com.
Corbett’s proposed 2012-13 budget would provide more than $9.3 billion in state taxpayer funds in support of public schools. This is an increase of $338.1 million, or 3.7 percent, over the current budget and represents the largest amount of funding to public schools in state history.
Earlier this month, Governor Corbett proposed to consolidate four education line items – Basic Education Funding, Pupil Transportation, Nonpublic and Charter School Pupil Transportation, plus School Employees’ Social Security – into one funding source, known as the Student Achievement Education Block Grant.
This proposal will give local officials maximum flexibility in directing funds to areas that they believe will most benefit students.
To view the 2011-12 and 2012-13 school district funding comparisons for the primary subsidies, visit www.investinginpastudents.com.