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Bettendorf, IA: MORE student with SPED needs; cost up, district breaking even

Sept 18, 2018, Davenport (IA) Quad City Times: More special-ed students coming to Bettendorf School District More special-education students are being served in Bettendorf School District, a district official said. Kay Ingham, director of curriculum and special services, reported to the board at its regular meeting Monday night that, last year, 436 special-education students were in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade in the district, compared to 466 currently. The number of students the district currently serves costs the district money, explained Dallon Christensen, director of finance for the district. Money coming in to the district is based on the certified count of special-education students from the previous year. Overall, the special-education deficit increased 2.6 percent or $833,908 in 2016-2017 to $855,837 in 2017-2018. Essentially, the district is breaking even, Christensen said….

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