Pa. House Education Committee Advances Special Education Funding Bill

Legislation that would lead to a new special education funding formula won House Education Committee approval.

If enacted, it would produce the first new formula for distributing special education funds in two decades.

Senate Bill 1115 now goes to the full House for consideration. It passed the Senate by a vote of 46-1 on June 4 after gaining support of that chamber’s education committee.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Pat Browne, R-Lehigh County, requires the 12-member House-Senate bi-partisan commission to come out with a recommendation by year’s end so that the new formula could apply to new dollars allocated to special education, starting in 2013-14, said Rep. Bernie O’Neill, R-Bucks, who championed the bill in the House.

Click here to read the full article by Jan Murphy published in The Patriot News (6.18.12)

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