Pennsylvania Public School Spending Continues to Grow
- K-12 public education spending has dramatically increased in Pennsylvania.
- Pennsylvania's education spending increased from $4 billion in 1980 to more than $25 billion in 2009—a 133% increase in per-student spending, after adjusting for inflation.
- Pennsylvania school districts spent more than $13,000 per student in 2008-09.
- School construction and debt spending has doubled in a decade.
- Prevailing wage laws increase the cost of construction by 20% or more; repealing this mandate would save $400 million annually in taxpayer-funded construction costs.
- Most of these new employees pay dues to the PSEA labor union, which runs one of the largest political action committees in Pennsylvania.
- The PSEA, Pennsylvania School Board Association, and other groups receive tens of millions of dollars from school districts while lobbying for more education spending and against substantive education reforms, including school choice and taxpayer control of tax increases.
|Pennsylvania Public School Enrollment and Staff|
|(includes public charter schools)|
|Source: PA Department of Education|