On Wednesday, Education Commission of the States published a 50-state review of special education funding. The report says: “Across 50 states, there are 50 different ways in which states allocate special education funding to districts.”
The most common way is using multiple student weights, which assigns each student a different weight or dollar amount depending on various factors, including the severity of the disability or the cost of the resources the student receives. North Carolina uses a single student weight system but is looking into changing the funding formula, which would change the way the state funds special education.
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