By Tim Jimenez
HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — Governor Corbett made his way to Bucks County for the ceremonial signing of a bill that seeks to improve the way special education funds are distributed in Pennsylvania.
State Representative Bernie O’Neill (R-Bucks) was back at William Tenant High School, a place he graduated from and then taught at for 25 years, and he spoke proudly of the bill he co-sponsored.
“We went through this battle that we’ve been fighting for quite a few years,” O’Neill said.
The bill unanimously passed both the state House and Senate earlier this year and was signed by Governor Corbett in April. This event was a ceremonial pen-to-paper, with parents, children and advocates on hand.
“[It] marks another step in the journey towards providing a full and an equitable education for students with special needs across the commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” O’Neill added.
A 15-member commission will come up with ideas on dishing out special education dollars more effectively, instead of each of the 500 school districts getting money based on the 16 percent state average of students needing special education.
Before the panel releases its findings, hearings are taking place until the fall.