FY 2003-2004 State Budget

2003-2004 State Budget

Information Resources | Enacted Pennsylvania Legislation

Information Resources

Pennsylvania Department of Education


Information Resources | Enacted Pennsylvania Legislation

Enacted Pennsylvania Legislation

2003-2004 State Budget | Enacted Non-preferred Appropriation Bills
Plan for a New Pennsylvania | Other Budget-Related Bills

2003-2004 State Budget

Act 1A (House Bill 648)
2003-2004 State Budget

Act 9A (House Bill 1589)
2003-2004 State Budget supplemental appropriations. Provides for basic education funding for the 2003-2004 school year.

Act 48 (Senate Bill 80)
Makes omnibus changes to the School Code that include the creation of a preschool scholarship program, the establishment of Pennsylvania Accountability Grants, and the creation of the Educational Assistance Program (tutoring).

Act 46 (House Bill 200)
Authorizes an increase in the state personal income tax from 2.8% to 3.07%; Makes cell phone service and interstate landline calls subject to the gross receipts tax; Increases the cigarette tax by 35-cents per pack; Delays the phase out of the Capital Stock and Franchise Tax; and more.

Act 47 (House Bill 172)
Increases certain state fees, such as fees for birth certificates and death certificates.

Enacted Non-Preferred Appropriation Bills

Act 10A (House Bill 1374)
Appropriates $307.844 million to Penn State University

Act 11A (House Bill 1375)
Appropriates $163.386 million to the University of Pittsburgh

Act 12A (House Bill 1376)
Appropriates $164.941 million to Temple University

Act 13A (House Bill 1377)
Appropriates $12.155 million to Lincoln University

Act 14A (House Bill 1378)
Appropriates $6.470 million to Drexel University

Act 15A (House Bill 1379)
Appropriates $42.946 million to the University of Pennsylvania

Act 16A (House Bill 1380)
Appropriates $12.003 million to the Philadelphia Health and Education Corporation for the Colleges of Medicine, Public Health, Nursing and Health Professions and continuation of pediatric services

Act 17A (House Bill 1381)
Appropriates $9.178 million to Thomas Jefferson University

Act 18A (House Bill 1382)
Appropriates $4.65 million to the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Act 19A (House Bill 1383)
Appropriates $1.391 million to the Pennsylvania College of Optometry

Act 20A (House Bill 1384)
Appropriates $1.122 million to the University of the Arts in Philadelphia

Act 21A (House Bill 1385)
Appropriates$1.477 million to the Berean Training and Industrial School in Philadelphia

Act 22A (House Bill 1386)
Appropriates $0.182 million to the Johnson Technical Institute of Scranton

Act 23A (House Bill 1387)
Appropriates $0.065 million to the Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades in Delaware County

Plan for a New Pennsylvania

The following pieces of legislation reflect proposals included in Gov. Rendell’s Plan for a New Pennsylvania:

House Bill 1288 (Rep. James Roebuck)
Provides for class size reduction for school districts where at least 35% of student qualify for free or reduced price lunch. Districts would be eligible to receive up to $580 per students to reduce K-3 class size to 17 students per teacher or 35 students per two teachers.

House Bill 1289 (Rep. James Roebuck)
Provides for full-day kindergarten for all school districts. Districts would receive up to $2,870 per full-day kindergarten student.

House Bill 1290 (Rep. Phyllis Mundy)
Provides for pre-school programs for school districts where at least 35% of student qualify for free or reduced price lunch. Districts would receive up to $5,885 per pre-K student. Districts may provide pre-K on their own or contract services with local private providers who meet quality standards (at least 10% of funds must be contracted to private providers). Establishment of pre-school shall be guided by a local prekindergarten planning panel.

House Bill 1291 (Rep. Phyllis Mundy)
Establishes funding levels for K-3 class-size reduction, pre-school, and full-day kindergarten

House Bill 1292 (Rep. James Roebuck)
Provides funding for basic education, special education, intermediate units, and small district assistance

House Bill 1293 (Rep. P. Mike Sturla)
Creates an after-school and summer tutoring program for students who score below basic on state assessments

House Bill 1294 (Rep. Dan Surra)
Provides for math and literacy teacher coaches in districts where at least 35% of students qualify for free or reduced price lunch. The Department of Education would provide training for one math and one reading coach per 600 K-9 students in each district. Districts would be reimbursed for the coaches’ salaries.

House Bill 1295 (Rep. Dan Surra)
Creates a program to fund eight additional professional development days in school districts where at least 35% of students qualify for free or reduced price lunch

House Bill 1296 (Rep. Dan Surra)
Establishes a program to provide salary incentives to math and science teachers in rural school districts

House Bill 1297 (Rep. Richard Grucela)
Provides funding for after-school and summer tutoring, math and literacy teacher coaches, additional professional development, and rural math and science teacher salaries

House Bill 1298 (Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland)
Establishes Family Resource Networks in schools districts where at least 60% of students are eligible for free or reduced price lunch

House Bill 1299 (Rep. Vincent Biancucci)
Establishes a program through which school districts may apply to the Department of Education for funds to support science or applied-knowledge programs

House Bill 1300 (Rep. Jeffrey Coy)
Provides funding for distinguished educators, financial awards for distinguished schools, and grants for school improvement assistance

House Bill 1301 (Rep. P. Mike Sturla)
Establishes a cadre of distinguished educators to provide assistance to eligible schools

House Bill 1323 (Rep. Jeffery Coy)
Establishes a financial reward program for Distinguished Schools

House Bill 1324 (Rep. Richard Grucela)
Establishes a grant program for School Improvement Assistance

House Bill 1325 (Rep. Michael Veon)
Omnibus bill that establishes new accountability provisions, including performance contracts for school administrators, includes provisions necessary to comply with the federal No Child Left Behind Act, repeals the state’s teacher testing program, and more

House Bill 1474 (Rep. John Perzel)
Establishes a state review process for assessing school districts’ financial management practices based on best financial management practice standards. The state will develop these standards.

Additional legislation related to the governor’s economic development and state revenue proposals are included in House Bills 1302 through 1322 and House Bills 1427 through 1430.

Senate Bill 780 (Sen. Robert Mellow)
Provides for property tax relief, basic education funding, and small district assistance

Senate Bill 791 (Sen. Vincent Fumo)
Provides funding for basic education, special education, intermediate units, state funding for charter schools, small district assistance, and funding for the Philadelphia school district

Senate Bill 792 (Sen. Connie Williams)
Appropriates $204.997 million to support salary incentives for rural math and science teachers, K-9 math and literacy teacher coaches, family resource centers, tutoring services, and science and applied knowledge programs from July 2003 through June 2006. To receive funding, school districts must submit an application to the Department of Education detailing how they would use these funds. The Department will evaluate applications and awards money to school districts.

Senate Bill 793 (Sen. Anthony Williams)
Establishes Family Resource Networks in school districts where at least 60% of students qualify for free or reduced price lunch

Senate Bill 794 (Sen. Michael Stack)
Provides for math and literacy teaching coaches in school districts where at least 35% of students qualify for free or reduced price lunch. The Department of Education would provide training for one math and one reading coach per 600 K-9 students in each district. Districts would be reimbursed for the coaches’ salaries.

Senate Bill 795 (Sen. Jay Costa)
Establishes a program through which school districts may apply to the Department of Education for funds to support science or applied-knowledge programs

Senate Bill 796 (Sen. Sean Logan)
Establishes a program to provide after-school and summer tutoring to students who score below basic on state assessments

Senate Bill 797 (Sen. John Wozniak)
Provides salary incentives for rural math and science teachers

Senate Bill 800 (Sen. Allyson Schwartz)
Provides for full-day kindergarten, K-3 class size reduction, and preschool. All school districts would be eligible to receive up to $2,870 per student to provide full-day kindergarten for children between four and six-years-old. Districts where at least 35% of students qualify for free or reduced price lunch would be eligible to receive up to $580 per student to reduce class size to one teacher per 17 students or two teachers per 35 students. Districts where at least 35% of students qualify for free or reduced price lunch would also be eligible to receive up to $5,885 to provide preschool to all four-year-olds who reside in the district. Districts may either provide pre-K on their own or contract with private community providers who meet quality standards. Districts would apply to PDE for funding to support these voluntary programs.

Other Budget-Related Bills

Senate Bill 100 (Sen. Jubelirer)
The Taxpayer Choice Act would require school districts to seek voter approval to enact a dollar for dollar tax shift from property taxes to a local tax on earned income and net profits. Districts in which voters approve a shift to a local EIT could reduce property taxes by 50% through the state’s homestead exemption, which allows school districts to exclude up to half of the median assessed value of a residential property from taxation. After the initial tax shift, districts would be prohibited from raising taxes beyond the increase in the statewide average weekly wage unless a larger increase is approved by referendum.

House Bill 217
HB 217 was amended in the Senate to provide school districts with 35% of their annual state basic education allocation. As orignially introduced, HB 217 required the Department of Education to provide free professional development to substitute teachers.

House Bill 113
Makes omnibus changes to the school code as part of a compromise education package between the House and Governor passed in late October 2003.

House Bill 564
Omnibus bill that provides FY 2003-2004 funding for basic education, special education, charter schools and more. HB 564 includes $15 million to provide supplemental state funding for Head Start.


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