By Jan Murphy | firstname.lastname@example.org
on June 17, 2014 at 7:37 PM, updated June 18, 2014 at 7:04 AM
The state Senate is poised to vote on Wednesday on a bill that overhauls the way the state distributes special education funding to public schools.
The new formula distributes resources based on a three-tiered system of funding based on the cost of providing services to special education students and incidence of disability.
It moves away from a funding system that assumed all districts had 15 percent of their students with mild disabilities and 1 percent with severe disabilities to educate.
The proposed formula is the product of a bipartisan Special Education Funding Commission’s work and some last-minute negotiations to make adjustments to address charter schools’ concerns about how it treats their special education funding.
The Senate today voted 35-15 to accept an amendment offered by Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, R-Delaware County, to reflect the outcome of the negotiations over the formula’s treatment of charter schools.
Full story: Senate vote expected on overhauled special education funding formula By Jan Murphy, Pennlive, 6/17/14