According to a report issued by the Philadelphia-based Education Law Center, state assistance to school districts has failed to keep pace with the rising costs of special education. Expenditures have dramatically grown over the past decade, and the lack of support has forced districts to shoulder the increases to special education costs.

“Pennsylvania’s chronic underfunding of special education cannot be resolved solely through the work of the legislature’s Special Education Funding Commission,” the report reads. “The General Assembly must make an increased state investment. Without prompt and comprehensive state action, issues of inadequacy and inequity will deepen for students with disabilities across the Commonwealth.”

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