The Pennsylvania state budget had one winner in the education spending category. The budget for the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program increased 25% for donations made to private schools or by $15 million.
But the cuts were deep and devastating for public schools.
Penn State University experienced an 18% state funding budget cut. Temple University was also hit with a large cut and has already announced a 10% tuition increase.
Schools in the State System of Higher Education--Slippery Rock University, Shippensburg University, West Chester University and others--suffered a 19% budget cut.
The damage was not restricted to higher education. $900 million was cut from K-12 public education.
Massive layoffs are resulting, with Philadelphia alone laying off 3,000.
How large education cuts will create jobs now or create jobs in the future is a mystery.
Meanwhile the General Assembly did balk--for now--at the proposal to spend $1 billion to finance a new, massive school voucher program.