Representatives from the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference testified today before the Pennsylvania House Appropriations Committee regarding funding for education in the 2009-2010 Commonwealth Budget.
Nonpublic school students, like those in Catholic schools, benefit from some state funded programs in the state budget for activities and materials, for example, textbooks, materials, equipment and other services such as programs for students with special needs. Although there is a proposed increase to the basic education subsidy for public school students the line items that benefit nonpublic schoolchildren are proposed to decrease. Traditionally, nonpublic school students were treated equitably in the state budget. The PCC is urging supporters of Catholic education to contact their state legislators to ask them to support equal, fair and proportionate funding for programs that benefit Pennsylvania’s nonpublic school students.