Albemarle Cty, VA: SPED has grown by 22.3% since 2011

Jan 18, 2018, Charlottesville (VA) Tomorrow: County schools propose $7.6M spending increase Albemarle County Public Schools Superintendent Pam Moran and Deputy Superintendent Matt Haas on Thursday presented a $188.1 million funding request for the fiscal year beginning July 1. … Moran proposed spending $200,000 to eliminate all student fees for classes, and another $190,000 for a new bus system to shuttle high school students to a specialized academy program at a school they are not districted to attend. Moran’s request continues to fund the Social, Emotional and Academic Development (SEAD) program at the county’s four urban ring elementary schools, part of the 2017 Equity and Access budget initiative. The proposed spending plan would add a “short-term education program” at the county’s middle schools as an alternative to out-of-school suspensions for some students. This program is currently being piloted at Burley Middle School. … The funding request also includes $1.16 million to add 11 full-time staff for special education students and several specialists in the division’s English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program. Since 2011, Albemarle County’s special education and ESOL populations have grown by 22.3 percent and 32.9 percent, respectively.