Schools in Butler County are increasingly relying on local tax dollars to fund special education programs as state funding has stagnated for several years, a recent report found.

The county isn’t alone: Special education funding across Pennsylvania mirrors the situation in Butler County schools. The report’s researchers at Pennsylvania’s Education Law Center — along with those involved in educating children with disabilities in Butler County — see a growing local dependency on state legislators to blame for the lack of funding.

As Reynelle Brown Staley, the policy attorney who led the report, explained it, “the amount of money coming from the state just isn’t increasing a lot.”

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