News & Legislation
School districts across the state will usher in a new fiscal year with much-needed boosts for state basic education funding, special education funding and school safety as a result of the newly enacted state budget. The PA Association of School Business Officials (PASBO) applauds Governor Wolf and the General Assembly for their efforts in providing additional education resources in the new budget. However, our work is not done. PASBO remains committed to addressing charter school tuition costs when the General Assembly returns this fall. Without remedying charter school funding policy, the positive impact of the increases for education in the 2019-20 budget will be negated, and the $160 million increase in basic education funding for school districts will go directly to charter schools.
The PA Association of School Business Officials (PASBO) and the PA Association of School Administrators (PASA) today released their spring 2019 school district budget report, indicating that the fiscal stress in school districts across the commonwealth continues to increase as the state education deficit grows. Click here to view. Relying on survey responses from school districts along with publicly available Annual Financial Report and General Fund Budget data submitted by all 500 school districts, the report assesses the financial condition of school districts and its impact on their 2019-20 budget plans.
As charter school tuition is one of the largest areas of mandated cost growth for school districts, PASBO urges the General Assembly to include meaningful charter school funding reform in any future modifications to the charter school law.