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Binghamton, NY: Student population decreases as SPED numbers increase

May 5, 2017, Binghamton (NY) Press & Sun Bulletin: SCHOOL BUDGETS: What's at stake this year? http://www.pressconnects.com/story/news/connections/in-our-schools/2017/05/05/school-budgets-whats-stake-year/100898508/ For most schools, spending is up even in the face of enrollment declines. … There has been an increased need for special education locally, Buyck said, explaining the contrasting trend lines between spending and enrollment. “While raw numbers of populations of students may be going down, poverty continues to increase, special education increases and the additional support that schools are trying to put in place to support children so that they can have a fighting chance of learning something in school," Buyck said. "(Which) is why I think you don’t see the decline in the aid or decline in the funding that you may expect to see.”