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(Canada) BC: "Today, 23% of classes have four or more students with special needs"

April 30, 2018, (Canada) Squamish (BC) Chief: The good, the bad and the challenging: A breakdown of B.C. class sizes http://www.squamishchief.com/news/local-news/the-good-the-bad-and-the-challenging-a-breakdown-of-b-c-class-sizes-1.23286341 The most disappointing and surprising stats show the number of classes in B.C. with more than three students with special needs went up this year, despite the teachers’ court win, which restored rules about class size and makeup. … Education Minister Rob Fleming was not available Friday for an interview, however the Ministry of Education said in part the numbers are due to an increase in the number of students with special needs in the system and more students being diagnosed with special needs. … There are 17,466 classes with more than three special needs students, an increase of about 150 classes from last year, a record high year. To put that in perspective, in 2006-07, 14 per cent of all classes had four or more students with special needs. Today, 23 per cent of classes have four or more students with special needs.