K-12 Education

K-12 Education

All children in Pennsylvania deserve to be provided an adequate and equitable high quality public education, regardless of the zip code they live in. This includes equipping students with supports to meet their special education needs and focuses on building skills to successfully graduate, transition to higher education, or enter the workforce career ready. PPC focuses on policy solutions to make this achievable. 

K-12 Education Policy Goals

  • Support increased investments in basic education funding as well as evaluate and recommend strategies to address and advance adequacy and equity
  • Ensure adequate state funding for career and technical education (CTE) to that every child who is interested can participate
  • Continue to develop a comprehensive and transparent accountability framework for schools and their personnel
  • Ensure students have the adequate supports to meet their special needs

K-12 Education Publications

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PA Schools Work Campaign

Pennsylvania schools work – for students, communities and the economy – when they have the resources to give all students an equal opportunity to attend a local public school that has adequate resources to ensure that he or she can learn and meet state academic standards.

PPC is a partner of the non-partisan grassroots PA Schools Work campaign that is calling on the state to pay its fair share and adequately and equitably fund public education.

To learn more, visit: paschoolswork.org.

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Fast Facts about K-12 Education in PA

  • 9% of 3rd grade students and 57.9% of 8th grade students score proficient or advanced in English Language Arts as measured by the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA)
  • 56% of 3rd grade students and 32.2% of 8th grade students score proficient or advanced in math as measured by the PSSA
  • Pennsylvania ranks 44th in the nation in the state’s share of education funding
  • The share of CTE funding is 90% local, 8% state, and 2% federal dollars