Lancaster County school and health officials on Monday expressed concerns with the cost of special education. They argued that the costs are increasing at unsustainable rates, relative to current state funding. The concerns were raised at the third public hearing for Pennsylvania’s special education funding commission, which was held at the Manheim Township School District office.

The commission, originally formed in 2012 and called upon again this year to study the special education formula it recommended in 2013, is co-chaired by state Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera, Sen. Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) and Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Erie). Lancaster County lawmakers Sen. Scott Martin (R-Martic Township) and Rep. Michael Sturla (D-Lancaster) are members of the commission.

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