Saturday, February 14, 2009

The Sad State of Pennsylvania's Special Education

Should we be surprised that Pennsylvania's system for funding special education is completely broken? Not if you have a child currently receiving services in that system.

Families with children in PA special education are well aware of the deficits. Lack of trained staff and lack of resources plague our children.

However, for the first time, it appears that the study also makes some great points that should grab the attention of all parents - not just those with kids in special education.

From the study:
Key Points
The costs for special education were analyzed as part of the 2007 Costing‐out Study by the General Assembly.
  • The Study found that providing a basic, quality education for Pennsylvania students eligible for special education requires, on average, more than twice the costs of teaching students without any special needs.

  • Under‐funding special education has significant consequences for academic achievement and life‐time independence and employment for individuals with disabilities.

  • Inadequate resources for special education compromises teaching and learning for all students.
Yes folks, it's true.

If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path.",
Buddhist saying

You see, helping these children become successful, independent, working adults is key to reducing poverty and our over dependence on the governmental welfare systems.

So here it is in simple terms for those "what's in it for me" people: Invest now and reap the savings later. It's really that simple.