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Leominster, MA: "Growing high-needs population"-no increase in school resources

Oct 29, 2017, Fitchburg (MA) Sentinel & Enterprise: Special concern for Leominster schools http://www.sentinelandenterprise.com/news/ci_31411900/special-concern-leominster-schools LEOMINSTER -- With a growing high-needs population and little sign of increasing resources for special education, a concern that the district could soon fall further behind in meeting state education regulations is growing among local parents and officials. "If we continue to ignore this department's needs, it's only a question of when we have compliance issues," said at-large School Committee member Wendy Anderson. "It's just a matter of time."… Simultaneously, Leominster is also seeing an increasing number of its students being considered as high needs. Between 2012-17 Leominster Public Schools reported a 53 percent increase in students with social and emotional needs, as well as a 78 percent increase in students diagnosed with autism. Currently 23.4 percent of Leominster's students fall into the special education population. …