On January 23, 2013, members of the Upper Darby School District administration testified before the Senate Majority Policy Committee in Harrisburg.
The public hearing, chaired by Senator Ted Erickson, was held regarding state and federal special education funding issues. Superintendent Louis DeVlieger, Director of Special Education Mary Cedrone, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Daniel McGarry, and Director of Business Management Edward Smith each provided testimony.
Please stay informed about the challenges the district faces by reviewing each testimony in either written, audio, or visual format.
“Special education costs are borne by the local school districts and taxpayers, even though the mandates come from the federal and state government. The current funding formula does not provide that state funding is distributed on an equitable basis to school districts across the state. And the federal funding is inadequate for the requirements it has placed on our schools.”
–Senator Edwin B. Erickson, 26th District