Oct 2, 2019, Pittsburgh (PA) NPR: Educators Say Special Education Funding Formula Is Better, But They Need More Money https://www.wesa.fm/post/educators-say-special-education-funding-formula-better-they-need-more-money#stream/0 Educators and advocates told lawmakers Tuesday that the cost of special education services continues to outpace the funding districts receive from the state. “Clearly as cost grows faster than state funding, we are shifting more of the burden for special education to local taxpayers,” Jay Himes, with the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials, told lawmakers Tuesday…. Overall, speakers gathered in Moon said they need more money from the state. More children are being diagnosed with needs that require special education services and the costs of those services are growing. But Democratic state Sen. Pam Iovino, who represents parts of Allegheny and Washington counties, reiterated that the commission does not have a mechanism to recommend more special education funding. …
Children today are noticeably different from previous generations, and the proof is in the news coverage we see every day. This site shows you what’s happening in schools around the world. Children are increasingly disabled and chronically ill, and the education system has to accommodate them. Things we've long associated with autism, like sensory issues, repetitive behaviors, anxiety and lack of social skills, are now problems affecting mainstream students. Blame is predictably placed on bad parenting (otherwise known as trauma from home).
Addressing mental health needs is as important as academics for modern educators. This is an unrecognized disaster. The stories here are about children who can’t learn or behave like children have always been expected to. What childhood has become is a chilling portent for the future of mankind.