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Harrisburg, PA: District spends 56% more on SPED than in 2011

June 27, 2021, PennLive: Harrisburg needs more funding for its schools, not another charter school (OP ED)

There are better solutions to the problems of the Harrisburg School District than opening one more charter school. Harrisburg struggles to educate its students because it is perpetually underfunded. This underfunding has been particularly severe since 2011. Annual instructional costs have increased seventeen percent since then, while state funding has increased fourteen percent. That percentage difference amounts to $5,770,718 annually. Special education discrepancies are even more dramatic. Harrisburg School District spends fifty-six percent more for special education then it did in 2011, while the state revenue to the district for special education has increased only fourteen percent. Harrisburg has increased property taxes four times in the past ten years and can ill afford to do so again. Without significant increases in state funding, Harrisburg will continue to lack the funds it needs to properly educate its children….


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