An annual statewide report released Friday shows school districts across Pennsylvania are struggling to pass budgets without scaling back programs and raising property taxes.

Continually rising mandated costs are outpacing the rate of education funding increases, leaving districts to foot the bill, according to the report, released Friday, Jan. 25, by the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO) and the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA).

“From 2010-11 to 2016-17 mandated costs for pension, charter school tuition and special education alone increased by nearly $4 billion across all school districts,” Robert Saul, a business administrator at East Penn School District and PASBO president, stated in a news release.

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