Published: December 1, 2020
Today, we published an interactive report on special education funding in Washington, as authorized under Enhanced Second Substitute Senate Bill 5091. Special education helps about 143,000 Washington students succeed in our school system.
The Legislature mandated that the Office of the Washington State Auditor compile and report school districts’ special education revenue and expenditures for the 2018-19 school year. The report published today meets that request through an online data display. It allows legislators, policy staff and the public to explore the information that most interests them, including the number of students served in each district. It also offers the ability to compare how school districts spend special education dollars.
The State Auditor’s Office is committed to transparency in government finances, and we believe this report offers a valuable window into an important education program in Washington.