Brewer, ME: Over half of new students are SPED

May 31, 2017, Bangor Daily News: Brewer tax rate increases by $1.77 under proposed budget, with school getting $1M more A budget battle is brewing between the school department and city leaders. School officials are demanding $1 million more for the fiscal year 2017-18 budget, and implying that several sports programs could see cuts if they don’t get it. … Superintendent Cheri Towle said an influx of 130 new students, 74 of which with special education needs, is the reason behind the larger budget request. She told councilors that the $500,000 offered by the city is not enough to cover the costs.