As Pa. special-education costs rise, school districts pick up more of the tab

October 9, 2018

The Philadelphia School District’s special-education costs nearly doubled between 2008 and 2016, but the state share of funding shrank.

By Staff

Increases in special-education costs in Pennsylvania are far outpacing increases in the state’s contributions to those expenses, leaving local school districts to pick up bigger shares of the tabs, according to a report released Tuesday.

While state aid for special education increased by $71 million between 2008 and 2016, district special-education costs grew by $1.54 billion, according to the report by the Education Law Center and PA Schools Work. For every additional $1 provided by the state, school districts allocated $20, the report said.

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