Oct 2, 2018, Marshalltown (IA) Times—Republican: Schools face special ed budget deficit http://www.timesrepublican.com/news/todays-news/2018/10/schools-face-special-ed-budget-deficit/ The Marshalltown Schools special education budget is facing a deficit of about $2 million and district administrators presented options for getting extra state funding at Monday’s school board meeting. The special education budget is made up mostly of federal dollars that are designated based on students’ needs. In the 2017-18 school year, Marshalltown had $10.7 million in special education revenue compared to $12.6 million in expenditures, leaving a deficit of $1,922,238.22; in 2016-17, the total deficit was $1,986,826.73. … Last school year, Marshalltown was given $6,705 for every student at the district – including special education students – by the state. That funding level is added upon for children with special needs – the district gets an extra $4,961 for L1 students, $8,113 for L2 students and $18,371 for L3 students. Even with the added funding, Cretsinger said the given state and federal dollars aren’t enough to meet the needs of special education students. “You may look at those numbers and say ‘That’s quite a bit of money,'” he said. Cretsinger said for an L3 student, many resources are needed, from specialized paraeducators and instructional materials to a large amount of time each day spent with a special education teacher in a special needs classroom….
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Children today are noticeably different from previous generations, and the proof is in the news coverage we see every day. This site shows you what’s happening in schools around the world. Children are increasingly disabled and chronically ill, and the education system has to accommodate them. Things we've long associated with autism, like sensory issues, repetitive behaviors, anxiety and lack of social skills, are now problems affecting mainstream students. Blame is predictably placed on bad parenting (otherwise known as trauma from home).
Addressing mental health needs is as important as academics for modern educators. This is an unrecognized disaster. The stories here are about children who can’t learn or behave like children have always been expected to. What childhood has become is a chilling portent for the future of mankind.
Anne Dachel, Media editor, Age of Autism
(John Dachel, Tech. assist.)
What will happen in another 4 years? How can we go on like this? This is a national (and international) problem of monumental proportions. We have an entire new class of children who cannot be accommodated by the system: many are manifestly neurologically impaired. Meanwhile, the government and the medical profession sleep on regardless.
UK media editor, Age of Autism
The generation of American children born after 1990 are arguably the sickest generation in the history of our country.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
It seemed to me that with rising autism prevalence, you’d also see rising autism costs to society, and it turns out, the costs are catastrophic.
They calculated that in 2015 autism cost the United States $268 billion and they projected that if autism continues at its current rate, we’re looking at one trillion dollars a year in autism costs by 2025, so within five years.
Toby Rogers, PhD, Political economist
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