From the article:
"Everett was one of 12 school districts that last year challenged the state's special-education funding formula. Under that formula, special-education students received a flat-rate payment about double of what is paid for basic education students, regardless of the level of services required.
"A student who is medically fragile, requiring toileting, tube feeding and all the special equipment, is going to cost a lot more than one who spends time with a speech therapist twice a week, but we receive the same amount from the state," said Everett schools spokeswoman Mary Waggoner.
In March, a Thurston County Superior Court judge refused to overturn the funding formula, saying it was consistent with national standards. But the judge did throw out a cap that limits districts to identifying no more than 12.7 percent of their students as special-education pupils."
It is disturbing that the state would say there is one formula for all special education students. That makes life pretty hard on both sides. Districts, because they are trying to stretch dollars to meet all needs, and parents who don't see enough of the services they would like for students.