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Bangor, ME: School enrollment plummets; SPED costs up 20%

June 13, 2017, Bangor (ME) Daily News: It’s time to get real about the unsustainable cost of Maine’s public education system Student enrollment is projected to plummet, as it has over the last couple decades. For ten thousand fewer students than six years ago, we are spending over $100 million more per year in state funding for education. This is driven by a 20 percent increase in special education costs, 17 percent increase in student and staff support, and 14 percent increase in administration spending. … An increasingly expensive system for fewer and fewer students is not sustainable, and we must make meaningful change. We must confront rising costs for special education. We must insist that more than 59 cents on the dollar spent on education in Maine makes its way to the classroom.

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