Berkeley, CA: District faces "rising special education costs"

Feb 24, 2017, Berkeley (CA) East Bay Times: Berkeley school board OKs nearly $1.8 million in budget cuts The Berkeley Unified School District Board agreed to just under $1.8 million worth of budget cuts at its Feb. 21 meeting. Board President Josh Daniels was attempting to get to $1.8 million in cuts, but his fellow board members voted to stop $15,000 short. … The reductions had to be made to the long-term budget, so one-time costs for the current school year couldn’t be counted. They were necessitated by a “structural deficit,” due to changes in revenue streams, growing pension costs, rising special education costs and potential raises for staff.