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Lewes, DE: High cost of SPED

July 21, 2017, Cape Gazette (Lewes, DE): Cape increases school tax rate Taxpayers face $64 hike to pay for special education http://www.capegazette.com/article/cape-increases-school-tax-rate/138124 The Cape Henlopen school board approved a 27-cent increase in the tax rate July 13, primarily to cover increasing costs for special education for six district students. … Gumbs said private, residential placements, which are very expensive, have doubled from three students last school year to six for the 2017-18 school year. Gumbs said Cape's cost to send each of the six students to residential facilities is $100,000 each for a total of $600,000. Cape's share is only 30 percent of the total cost, which is $350,000,