Pennsylvania House Considering Bill That Would Change How Special Education Funding is provided to School Districts

By Timothy E. Gilsbach

The Pennsylvania House is currently considering House Bill No. 704, that would change the way that state funding for Special Education is provided to local school districts.  Under the current approach, each district is provided funding under the assumption that sixteen percent of its students are eligible for special education.  The proposal currently before the House would change the manner in which this is calculated.

According to the Bill 704's supporters, the Bill, if passed, would base funding upon a five year average of actual student enrollment for special education for each district.  In addition, it would multiply the amount of money provided by the state to districts for special education students to 1.3 times the amount provided to regular education students. 

Bill 704 was only recently presented and, if passed, is likely to change.  Check back for further detailsas it makes its way through the legislative process. 

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