Basic Education Funding Commission


Thank you for your interest in the Basic Education Funding Commission and for visiting the Commission’s website.

The Basic Education Funding Commission recommended on June 18, 2015 that the General Assembly adopt a new formula for distributing state funding for basic education to Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts.

The 15-member group, created through Act 51 of 2014 (sponsored as House Bill 1738 by Representative Bernie O’Neill), held 15 hearings over 11 months and heard from more than 110 individuals including superintendents, school board presidents, business leaders, nonprofit organizations and parents before making their recommendations.

The Commission determined that allocation of basic education funding needs to allow for accountability, transparency and predictability. The main objective of the new funding formula is to fairly distribute state resources according to various student and school district factors. The new formula takes into account relative wealth, local tax effort, geographic price differences, enrollment levels, local support as well as other factors.

While the Basic Education Funding Commission came to a unanimous conclusion on the formula needed to provide a fair distribution of state education dollars, the recommendations of the Commission will not go into effect without legislation approved by the General Assembly and signed by the Governor.

This website will be updated periodically as new information is available.

Sincerely,

Senator Pat Browne & Representative Mike Vereb
Co-Chairs of the Basic Education Funding Commission

News Releases

Basic Education Funding Commission Report is Online

June 19, 2015

The Basic Education Funding Commission full report released yesterday to the General Assembly and the public is now online, according to a statement from the members of the Commission.[...Read More]

Basic Education Funding Commission Releases Recommendations and Report

June 18, 2015

The Basic Education Funding Commission recommended today (June 18th) that the General Assembly adopt a new formula for distributing state funding for basic education to Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts, according to a statement from the members of the Commission.

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Basic Education Funding Commission to Release Report

June 16, 2015

The Basic Education Funding Commission, Co-Chaired by Senator Pat Browne (R-16 Lehigh) and Representative Mike Vereb (R-150 Montgomery), will meet on Thursday, June 18th at 10 a.m. to consider recommendations and a funding formula and release its report to the General Assembly and the public.

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BASIC EDUCATION FUNDING COMMISSION EXTENDS RELEASE OF REPORT DEADLINE

June 10, 2015

The Basic Education Funding Commission has extended the deadline one week for the release of the commission’s final report on a new formula for distributing basic education funding to Pennsylvania schools.[...Read More]

Basic Education Funding Commission to hold hearing in Plymouth Meeting

February 4, 2015

A Basic Education Funding Commission hearing to gather testimony from officials with experience and knowledge related to career and technical schools to help with the overall goal of developing a state funding formula to disperse Commonwealth dollars to school districts across Pennsylvania.[...Read More]

Public Hearings

Basic Education Funding Commission Hearing

Basic Education Funding Commission Hearing - April 27, 2015
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Basic Education Funding Commission

Basic Education Funding Commission - March 12, 2015
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Basic Education Funding Commission - February 5, 2015
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Basic Education Funding Commission Public Hearing

Basic Education Funding Commission Public Hearing - January 29, 2015
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Basic Education Funding

Basic Education Funding Commission - December 10, 2014

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Funding Issues related to Enrollment and Growth

Basic Education Funding Commission - December 4, 2014

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Relevant Factors in School Funding

Basic Education Funding Commission - November 24, 2014

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Charter Schools

Basic Education Funding Commission - November 19, 2014
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Funding Issues Related to Philadelphia

Basic Education Funding Commission - November 18, 2014

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Consider relevant factors in school funding

Basic Education Funding Commission - November 6, 2014

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Enrollment Changes and School Funding

Basic Education Funding Commission Public Hearing - October 21, 2014

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Other State Formulas & Weights, Level of Local Support, and Taxing Capacity

Basic Education Funding Commission Public Hearing - October 16, 2014

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Funding Issues Related to Rural School Districts

Basic Education Funding Commission - September 30, 2014

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Basic Education Public Hearing Agenda and Testimony

Basic Education Funding Commission - September 9, 2014

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Basic Education 101 Public Hearing Agenda and Testimony

Basic Education Funding Commission - August 20, 2014

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