Group calls for more state funding for special education in Pennsylvania

A group suing Pennsylvania over school funding is demanding more money in this year’s budget for special education.The Education Law Center released a report saying special education costs have doubled in many districts and that local school taxes aren’t able to keep up with the demand for support and services.One advocate for special needs students said it creates a system of haves and have-nots. “Because the majority of special education funding comes from local taxpayers, the fiscal status of the district and its local tax base directly impacts the quality and availability of supports for our students with disabilities,” said Jessica Capitani with The Arc of Pennsylvania.The group said Pennsylvania is looking at a projected surplus.That’s why they’re asking for lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf to approve an additional $200 million in this year’s budget to help with special education costs, as well as similar increases in future spending plans.

A group suing Pennsylvania over school funding is demanding more money in this year’s budget for special education.

The Education Law Center released a report saying special education costs have doubled in many districts and that local school taxes aren’t able to keep up with the demand for support and services.

One advocate for special needs students said it creates a system of haves and have-nots.

“Because the majority of special education funding comes from local taxpayers, the fiscal status of the district and its local tax base directly impacts the quality and availability of supports for our students with disabilities,” said Jessica Capitani with The Arc of Pennsylvania.

The group said Pennsylvania is looking at a projected surplus.

That’s why they’re asking for lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf to approve an additional $200 million in this year’s budget to help with special education costs, as well as similar increases in future spending plans.

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