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As special education costs soar, state fails to keep up

Apr 29, 2019

Special education costs in Northeast Pennsylvania school districts increased by $110 million over nine years — straining budgets as districts try to deliver the education they are legally required to provide.

School districts received little additional help from the state.

During that time period — from the 2008-09 to the 2016-17 school years — state funding for special education in 37 NEPA school districts increased by only $7 million, according to a report from Education Law Center- Pennsylvania and PA Schools Work. That means that on average, for every additional $15 a district spent on special education, the state only provided $1.

In Wilkes-Barre Area School District, special education costs spiked 114% — the sixth-largest percentage hike statewide. The district spent $20.7 million in special education costs in the 2016-17 school year compared to about $9.7 million in the 2008-09 school year. State funding during that time frame rose just $640,808.

Read the full article here: https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/as-special-education-costs-soar-state-fails-to-keep-up-1.2475673

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