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Aberdeen, SD: 18% of kids in SPED; other districts "continue to see increases"

Feb 12, 2019, Aberdeen (SD) News: Special education numbers continue to rise Special education numbers for the Aberdeen Public School District continue to increase. Renae Rausch, director of special education services gave an update on 2018 special education numbers at Monday’s school board meeting. According to her report, special education students have increased from 745 in 2017 to 790 in 2018. This report is accurate as of Dec. 1. Rausch said that accounts for 18 percent of the student population. Rausch said she couldn’t point to a specific correlation that’s causing an increase in the numbers, but said the trend isn’t specific to Aberdeen, as several larger districts continue to see increases in special education students. The count includes students enrolled at Aberdeen Christian, Aberdeen Roncalli and Trinity Lutheran School. In 2017, 44 special education students were enrolled at these districts. In 2018, that number increased to 55….
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