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….
Children today are noticeably different from previous generations, and the proof is in the news coverage we see every day. This site shows you what’s happening in schools around the world. Children are increasingly disabled and chronically ill, and the education system has to accommodate them. Things we've long associated with autism, like sensory issues, repetitive behaviors, anxiety and lack of social skills, are now problems affecting mainstream students. Blame is predictably placed on bad parenting (otherwise known as trauma from home).
Addressing mental health needs is as important as academics for modern educators. This is an unrecognized disaster. The stories here are about children who can’t learn or behave like children have always been expected to. What childhood has become is a chilling portent for the future of mankind.