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Data Dive

Welcome to the 2019-20 fiscal year and legislative session and welcome to PASBO's Data Dive series.

What is our Data Dive Series?

As part of our Strategic Plan, PASBO's research, advocacy and professional development teams have expanded and aligned our efforts to provide analysis and learning opportunities related school financial management and operations to members and non-members alike.

Towards this goal, we are delivering bite-sized data and review of Pennsylvania school finance and policy through exploration of numerous topics and important aspects of a topic each day by email. This archive here on our website serves as a general reference center for our detailed information, data and statistics in hopes to help anyone and everyone understand the mechanics, dynamics, challenges and needs of public education in Pennsylvania.

PASBO's Data Dive series highlights a wide range of topics in school finance and school business operations written directly by our members and staff with the expertise and experience in each of the covered topics. The series starts off basic and works through a new aspect within a broader topic in each edition. Topics include the basic budgetary concepts of revenue and expendiures, property taxes and assessed value, state basic education funding, special education and funding, charter schools, personnel and compensation, pupil transportation, school facilities and so much more!

To begin diving into our school finance series, we first suggest learning how to use our interactive data maps by watching our video tutorial here. If you have questions, comments or would like to subscribe to our emails, please reach out to Dr. Andrew Armagost, PASBO's Research and Advocacy Manager.

 

Personnel and Compensation

Personnel

  • What are the types of employees that school districts employ?
  • What are collective bargaining agreements?
  • What are professional personnel?
  • How many employees are involved in classroom instruction?
  • What are support personnel?
  • What types of personnel and services do school districts contract out to other entities?

Compensation Costs

  • What are total compensation costs?
  • What are total salary costs?
  • What are minimum, average and maximum teacher salaries?
  • What are total benefit costs?
  • What are total social security, worker's compensation and unemployment costs?
  • What is professional development and total tuition reimbursement costs?
  • What are total retirement and pension costs?
  • What are total healthcare costs?
  • How do healthcare costs vary across school districts?

Pupil Transportation

  • What is pupil transportation and what does the state require?

Pupil Transportation Costs

  • What are total pupil transportation costs?
  • How many pupils are provided transportation by school districts?
  • How many nonpublic and charter school students are transported by school districts?
  • What types and modes of transportation are provided by school districts?
  • How many school buses transport students?
  • How many school districts contract out pupil transportation?

State Pupil Transportation Funding

  • What is the state pupil transportation reimbursement subsidy?

School Facilities

  • What are school facilities and total facility costs?
  • What are total utility costs?
  • What is the state Planning and Construction Workbook (PlanCON?)

Other Financial Aspects of School Budgets