Meadville Tribune

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May 17, 2013

State special ed funding formula flawed


HARRISBURG — Finnerty reports from Harrisburg for Community Newspaper Holdings Inc.’s Pennsylvania newspapers, including The Meadville Tribune. Follow him on Twitter @cnhipa.

The following is the estimated cost to school districts above the amount provided by the state for special education, using data from a study on special education costs commissioned by the General Assembly and data from the Pennsylvania Department of Education Bureau of Special Education. “No shortfall” means the study found that the district had received adequate funding to pay its special education bills.

Crawford County: total shortfall among all districts — $2.3 million a year

Conneaut — $1.25 million

Crawford Central — $813,000

PENNCREST — $281,000

Mercer County: total shortfall among all districts — $5 million a year

Commodore Perry — $271,000

Farrell — $356,000

Greenville — $453,000

Grove City — No shortfall

Hermitage — $389,000

Jamestown — $278,000

Lakeview — $836,000

Mercer — $925,000

Reynolds — No shortfall

Sharon — $620,000

Sharpsville — $525,000

West Middlesex — $555,000

Statewide, 15.2 percent of students are eligible for special education. Schools receive special education funding based on the assumption that 16 percent of the population qualifies for services. The following is the percentage of students who are provided special education services in Crawford and Mercer counties.

Crawford County

Conneaut — 15.7 percent

Crawford Central — 17.6 percent

PENNCREST — 16.6 percent

Mercer County

Commodore Perry — 20.4 percent

Farrell — 19.2 percent

Greenville — 17.6 percent

Grove City — 10.3 percent

Hermitage — 12 percent

Jamestown — 16.3 percent

Lakeview — 14.9 percent

Mercer — 18 percent

Reynolds — 14.8 percent

Sharon — 19 percent

Sharpsville — 11.8 percent

West Middlesex — 18.3 percent

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