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Bryan City, OH: District "strained by cost of GROWING SPED program"; 18% of students are SPED

Feb 15, 2019, Bryan City (OH) Times: Bryan City Schools strained by cost of growing special education program https://www.bryantimes.com/news/local/bryan-city-schools-strained-by-cost-of-growing-special-education/article_02c404fd-80c6-51dc-bd94-0f9f6989f140.html Bryan City Schools officials say the growing cost of its special education program — which exists for students with cognitive issues that impair learning, those with disabilities or behavioral issues and those who are simply on the lower end of academic achievement — is putting a strain on its overall budget. The cost of the program this year alone is $5.2 million, according to Superintendent Diana Savage and Treasurer Rob Rosswurm, with only $553,000 of that cost covered by federal grants. Eighteen percent of BCS’s student population is enrolled in the special education program, compared to 13 percent of all students nationally, according to U.S. the Department of Education….