There’s nothing “special” about the skyrocketing cost of special education, according to a new report.

The local share of money designated to special education in school districts has continued to rise while state funding has decreased, creating “increasingly inequitable” learning environments across the Commonwealth, according to the Education Law Center.

A report released on Oct. 9 by the Philadelphia-based firm says children with disabilities are being shortchanged due to underfunding by the state for special education programs. Taking a look at school district and state contributions to special education for school years from 2008-09 to 2016-17, the ELC says the state’s portion has dropped from one-third to less than one-quarter in that timeframe.

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