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***Pennsylvania: MORE SPED KIDS, 'MORE OF local taxpayers'

Oct 2, 2019, Pittsburgh (PA) NPR: Educators Say Special Education Funding Formula Is Better, But They Need More Money 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. …


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