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Danbury, CT: "Trend" of outplacement of SPED school on the rise

Jan 31 2018, New Milford (CT) Spectrum: Special education costs rise for many Danbury-area districts https://www.newmilfordspectrum.com/news/article/Special-education-costs-rise-for-many-12539658.php Across the Danbury area, special education costs are rising as more students with disabilities are sent out of their home districts to get the services they need. … Although officials caution that there is no data to suggest a trend or give specific reasons, some school superintendents said the rise in outplacements may be connected to better identification of children who need those services. Recently, superintendents in Brookfield, New Milford, New Fairfield, Redding and Ridgefield have all asked for higher special education budgets for the 2018-19 school year. Brookfield and Ridgefield are also struggling to find ways to fund the current school year’s special education services. Both districts hope to get special appropriations to cover their budget overruns.... Rebecca Adams, a senior staff attorney for the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education, said special education costs in general are continuously rising across the state. But she has not noted a statewide trend in the past 15 years of more students needing to be placed out of their home districts. … Brookfield Superintendent John Barile said the rise in students sent out of the district could be a combination of increased needs in children and better identification. …