Concord, NH: SPED costs have "skyrocketed"

June 11, 2017, Concord (NH) Monitor: How taxes rise while enrollment drops in N.H. school districts like Merrimack Valley …School administrators across the state also often point to growing special education needs. And in Merrimack Valley, the costs have skyrocketed. Minus state and federal reimbursements, the district spent $5.2 million on special education during the 2006-07 school year. Ten years later, it spent $10.3 million. MacLean said that, aside from a growing complexity and severity of needs, the biggest cost driver is paying for specialists, especially when a district can’t retain someone in-house.