Special Education Funding: Fund Services For Kids, Not Profits For Charter Managers

4 Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly 176 (2021)

Temple University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2021-43

13 Pages Posted: 25 Oct 2021 Last revised: 10 Dec 2021

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Susan DeJarnatt

Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law

Date Written: October 20, 2021

Abstract

Special education funding for Pennsylvania charter schools is not based on what the charters actually spend on services for their students with disabilities. Most charters in Pennsylvania receive substantially more in special education tuition that they spend on services to those students. That outcome is legal under the current tuition formula, but it should not be. The funding formula should be reformed so that it bases charter tuition on the actual services needed by charter students with Individual Education Plans (IEPs). Charters should spend special education tuition on those needed services or return the money to the school districts.

Keywords: Charter Schools, Special Education, Public Education, Reform

JEL Classification: K100, K10, K19, K20, K23, K29, K3, K39

Suggested Citation

DeJarnatt, Susan, Special Education Funding: Fund Services For Kids, Not Profits For Charter Managers (October 20, 2021). 4 Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly 176 (2021), Temple University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2021-43, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3946445

Susan DeJarnatt (Contact Author)

Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law ( email )

1719 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
United States

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