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(UK) BBC reports on 33% increase in SPED students 2015-2018; extra $130M US added

April 14, 2019, BBC News: The 'untold misery' of special needs shortfalls https://www.bbc.com/news/education-47827856?intlink_from_url=&link_location=live-reporting-story Large funding shortfalls for special educational needs in schools are causing "untold misery" for thousands of families, a teaching union says. National Education Union analysis found spending was not keeping pace with rapidly increasing demand in nearly all (93%) of England's local councils. It said between 2015 and 2018, the number of special needs care plans grew 33%, while funding rose only 6%. The government says it is investing an extra £100m [$130M US dollars] in special needs places. … Legal action Children and Families Minister Nadhim Zahawi said it was not right to imply that funding had been cut, adding that his department had increased spending this year on the high needs budgets for those with severe and complex needs. …