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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: June 20, 2017 11:06 AM
From: Representative Bernie O'Neill
To: All House members
Subject: Special Education Funding Commission Recommendations for Charter School Entities
In the near future I plan on introducing legislation to implement the recommendations of the Special Education Funding Commission pertaining to charter schools, regional charter schools and cyber charter schools.

In 2014, the General Assembly enacted the recommendations of the Special Education Funding Commission establishing a formula for the distribution of special education funding to school districts. Under that formula, increases in special education funding over 2013-2014 levels are distributed using three cost categories for students receiving special education services, ranging from least intensive to most intensive services. The formula also reflects community levels of relative wealth, tax effort, and school district size and population density in order to help ensure a fair and accurate distribution of funds.

My legislation will follow the recommendations of the Commission by applying the same funding principles used in the formula for school districts to determine a school district’s payment for a special education student enrolled in a charter school, regional charter school or cyber charter school. The bill includes a gradual phase-in that has the effect of applying the methodology only to newly enrolled students.

If you have any questions on this legislation, please contact Jeannie Dougherty in my Harrisburg office at 705-7170 or by e-mailing jdougher@pahousegop.com.

Thank you for your consideration and support of this very important piece of legislation.

Introduced as HB1643