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Pennsylvania Special Education Underfunded, Study Says

Interesting story out of the Keystone State:

Most school districts in Pennsylvania are not spending enough to meet the basic needs of special education students, according to a new study.

The study found that 391 of the state's 501 school districts are spending less than a basic adequacy level on special education. Combined, that amounts to a shortfall of $380 million annually or $1,947 per special education student.

The story can be found here. The 48-page study can be found here. (pdf)

The firm that produced this report noted that Pennsylvania's funding formula for schools is the source of this inequity. It makes me wonder how, or whether, stimulus money can address these inequities. If money is parceled out based on the same formulas that exist now, will we just be preserving the same problems?

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