Jan 23, 2018, Bridgeport (CT) Post: Asking for more, bracing for less https://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Asking-for-more-bracing-for-less-12519130.php The city school board has voted to send a $261.5 million 2018-19 operating budget request to the city, a $16.8 million increase over this year’s budget. … District enrollment in the fall is expected to increase about 100 students to 20,887, of which 17 percent are English Language Learners and 16 percent are receiving special education services. This year, 29 percent of the district’s general budget is spent on special education. Salary increases and health care costs account for $7.2 million of the projected budget increase. Special education is going up another $1.9 million.