Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Connecticut budget cuts place burden on school districts for special education costs

By Catherine Boudreau
Special to the New Haven Register

Although the number of students in special education continues to decline, the cost is on the rise statewide.

In Connecticut, overall education expenditures rose by nearly 17 percent from the 2005-06 to the 2009-10 school years, while special education spending increased 66 percent during this period and continues to take up roughly 20 percent of the overall state budget each year.

In addition, Kevin Chambers of the state Department of Education’s budget office predicts education expenditures will continue to rise by roughly 5 percent each year.

The increase can be attributed to many factors, including more personnel and training, a rise in special in-district programs and the out-placement of students. But in a state trying to address its budget deficit, rising special education costs place financial strain on all involved.

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