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Minneapolis: SPED costs partly to blame for budget overspend

Nov 30, 2017, Minneapolis Star Tribune: Minneapolis schools trim overspending but still $7 million over budget http://www.startribune.com/minneapolis-schools-trims-overspending-but-still-7m-over-budget/461115663/ The district’s overspending of its $599 million budget in 2016-17 was an improvement over the previous year, when it went $21.6 million over budget, according to audited financial statements on the district’s website. The district has blamed a number of factors: higher costs for special education and English language learners as well as enrollment declines and negotiated salary increases.