State and federal funding for special education is not keeping pace with local needs, and Pennsylvania school districts are struggling to make up the difference.

A report on the problem was issued today by a legal advocacy group called the Education Law Center.  According to the report, the Erie School District has had to come up with about $1 million a year, over the past eight years, to pay for the rising cost of special education.

Shane Murray, Iroquois School Superintendent, says special education costs in his district have gone up by $259,000 a year over the past five years. He says federal and state aid to help cover those costs has risen by only $24,000.

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