Marshalltown, IA: $2M SPED deficit; funding doesn't "meet needs of SPED students"

Oct 2, 2018, Marshalltown (IA) Times—Republican: 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….