Pennsylvania Proposes Change to Special Education Funding Formula

In years past, Pennsylvania’s special education funding formula had no tie to the number of students receiving those services. Legislators and Governor Tom Corbett aim to change that. The state is currently working on ways to change the funding formulations to better place state funding. The new funding formula will consider the number of special education students and the intensity of their needs, along with poverty levels, property taxes and whether the district is small and rural.

“The current formula that has distributed dollars for the last 25 years is broken. It does not provide for a fair and equitable distribution of special education dollars,” said Senator Pat Brown.

Pennsylvania spends on around $3.3 billion annually on special education. If enacted, this change in the funding formual could have a large impact on educational instruction needs around the state. Learn more.

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