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Lakeland, NJ: More students in SPED

Mar 27, 2017, NorthJersey.com: Lakeland HS budget cuts to offset $1.7M special ed hike http://www.northjersey.com/story/news/passaic/wanaque/2017/03/27/lakeland-hs-budget-cuts-offset-17m-special-ed-hike/99592926/ A $25 million Lakeland Regional High School budget was introduced last week with a 2.81 percent tax levy increase for Ringwood and Wanaque residents. … Due to a $1.7 million increase in special education costs this year, the district must find $1 million to cut in the budget between now and April 25, Davenport said. The $1 million represents 4 percent of the overall budget. … Beattie said the special education costs are due to an increase in the number of students and also the growing tuition charged by private facility schools for out of district placements. He noted the tuition costs aren't capped in these situations that involve the needs of certain special needs students for whom Lakeland does not have programs. "We do have a great in-house program but there are some situations where we need to deal with out of district placements and we have no control over their costs," Beattie said. "It's not that we send a large number of students out of district; it's that the tuition is very high for the few students that we do send out of district."