HB 2: Special Ed. Funding Overhaul Goes to Governor’s Desk
April 15, 2013
The Senate on Tuesday voted to send legislation to Gov. Tom Corbett that would establish a 15-member commission to develop a special education funding formula to replace an archaic one that is more than two decades old.
HB 2 defines three levels for special ed funding for all public schools – traditional, cyber charter, and brick and mortar charter. This is exactly the same bill that was introduced in the last session and to which the charter reform legislation was attached. Sponsors of the earlier bill decoupled it from the charter reform legislation and ran it separately. Overwhelming bi-partisan support exists in both the House and Senate. PCPCS supports HB 2 for two reasons – it brings more logic and equity to special education funding and treats charter schools exactly the same as traditional public schools.