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(Canada) Surrey, BC: Despite projections, SPED numbers are up

Dec 23, 2017, (Canada) Surrey (BC) Now-Leader: Delta’s special needs student enrollment increases despite predictions https://www.surreynowleader.com/news/deltas-special-needs-student-enrollment-increases-despite-predictions/# Student enrolment numbers recently released by the provincial government show that Delta has seen an increase in the number of special needs students, rather than the decrease projected in the 2017-2018 school district budget. The September 2017 enrolment count showed 1,049 special needs students in Delta, compared to 1,012 last school year. … However, the new numbers mean the Delta school district is actually receiving about $1.6 million more than was projected for the September enrolment of special needs students, Strain said, bringing the total funding for those students up to just over $16 million. … Strain said the district has spent the entire increase on support staff for students with special needs. The district has hired 12 FTE education assistants and five FTE child and youth care workers, who work with children who have emotional, social and behavioural challenges. …