Education Law Center wants court to order DOE to complete special education funding study

The Education Law Center is asking a state appellate court to order the state to complete a study of how special education is funded, a study the Center says is almost one year overdue.

The Center, representing the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network, filed a request with the state Superior Court to compel the Department of Education to complete an independent study of funding methodology that the Center says was due no later than June 30 of last year.

The Center states that under the School Funding Reform Act, the Department was required to conduct such a study, with recommendations made to the Legislature.

The Center’s concern is that under the current funding system, funds are distributed based on a formula that looks at a statewide average classification rate, and not on the actual numbers of special education students a district serves.

According to the Center’s filing, its concern is that the current funding method can be unfair to districts that have higher numbers of students with disabilities.

The Center wants the court to set a deadline and order the Department to complete the study by then.

A spokesperson for the Education Department said they would have no comment on matters in litigation.

Education Law Center wants court to order DOE to complete special education funding study