How will special education change?
Accommodating students who have special needs is a mandate, and that will continue. We did note that special education consumes a major portion – roughly 25% -- of the school budgets, and 25% of that amount is spent on tuition paid to send special need students to out of districts schools. These costs can amount to $50,000 per year more than educating those same student within the school system.
The issues are very complex and not easily solved, but it seems that the scale of a larger system would allow bringing in-district some of the 130+ students who current go out of district.
Having more students educated within the system would be better for them and would result in significant savings.
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