The Education Law Center and PA Schools Work released a report showing how PA’s school districts have been forced to shoulder most of the escalating costs of educating students with disabilities due to meager increases in state aid, over the course of the last decade. Between the 2008-09 school year and the 2018-19 school year, special education costs grew by $2 billion, while state special education aid grew by only $110 million.

An increase in state aid — $50 million for the 2019-20 school year — has been “insufficient” to reverse a “decade-long trend of state neglect,” the report said.

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