Don’t Derail Fair Funding for Special Education Students in PA

This is a big deal. Please take a minute and read this action alert from our friends at Education Voters of PA.  Then take action and contact your state senator and representative TODAY!

A bi-partisan group of PA lawmakers recognized that the way Pennsylvania pays for special education services is broken and unfair. A commission was convened and members spent months traveling throughout the commonwealth to meet with parents of children with special needs and other stakeholders. The result of their hard work is a new, thoroughly-planned and fair system for funding special education in Pennsylvania.

Unfortunately, all of the work to develop this common sense legislation could unravel. Because Pennsylvania doesn’t have a fair formula, right now some of the money that should go to pay for special education services is being used for general funding in some charter schools.

This needs to change.

With scarce resources, all special education funding must be delivered fairly and used carefully, for special education services.

Now is the time for Pennsylvanians to come together to support children with special needs and fair funding for all of Pennsylvania’s public schools.  

Please take a few minutes and send an email to your state senator and state representative TODAY!

Click here to send an email to your state senator and representative.

This is what our senators and representatives need to hear:

Please support Senate Bill 1316/House Bill 2138, the special education funding and accountability reform bill.

The current system of funding special education is broken and unfair. It does not provide enough resources for the services children need and it does not ensure that all special education dollars are spent on special education services. 

State special education funding should be distributed to both school systems and charter schools based on the level of services that students need. Allocating taxpayer dollars differently to school districts and charter schools doesn’t make sense. All of our public schools should receive funding distributed by the same allocation formula.

State special education funding should be spent ONLY on providing students with services. Any excess special education funding should be returned to the state and allocated to help other children get the services they need. If some schools receive and keep more special education dollars than they are spending on services for children, these schools are reaping a financial advantage at the expense of children with special needs in Pennsylvania. 

If the legislature chooses to freeze special education funding at current levels for charter schools, no additional money should accrue to charter schools based on the old, flawed system for funding special education. Any new special education funding for charter schools must be based on the new law and fair to ALL of Pennsylvania’s special needs children.

Click here to send an email to your state senator and representative.

Thank you for taking the time to support Pennsylvania’s children with special needs.

Regards,

Susan Gobreski
Executive Director
Education Voters PA

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