It’s time to Level Up school funding in Pennsylvania!

Every child in Pennsylvania deserves robust course choices, class sizes that allow for personalized support, enough school counselors and nurses, and a safe learning environment so they can thrive and succeed in school today and live productive, fulfilling lives after graduation.

But in Pennsylvania this does not happen.

The problem

  • Pennsylvania ranks 45th in the nation for state share of funding for K-12 education.
  • At least $4.6 billion of additional funding is needed to meet the needs of all students
  • Only 11% of overall spending is distributed through the weighted BEF formula; students in districts with the greatest needs are deeply shortchanged.
  • Low-wealth communities cannot raise enough money at the local level, even with a very high local tax effort.

The Consequences

  • Thousands of students must attend schools that lack the resources needed to ensure that they can succeed.
  • An entire generation of children is at risk of not being prepared for the challenges and demands of tomorrow.
  • Students of color, students living in poverty, students with disabilities, and English learners are disproportionately affected.

The Solution

  • A Level Up supplement fund will accelerate the path to adequacy and equity for the 20% of districts that are most underfunded.
  • The allocation will be distributed through the weighted BEF formula to just the 100 identified districts and that allocation would become part of their base BEF.
  • We are proposing to have the Level Up supplement enacted into law and for $100 million to initially run through it in 2021-22.
  • This funding would be separate from and additional to the regular BEF funding districts receive.


To learn more visit www.LevelUpPA.org