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Minnesota: $19M more for SPED; "increased numbers of students needing services"

April 12, 2018, Duluth (MN) News Tribune: Dayton proposes new special education money https://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/education/4431033-dayton-proposes-new-special-education-money Gov. Mark Dayton has proposed an additional $19 million in special education funding for next year, as such expenses rise throughout the state. WHY IS HE DOING THIS? His plan would increase spending by $22 million the following year…. WHY THE INCREASE? She noted that costs are rising from increased numbers of students needing services, more staff, lower staffing ratios and inflationary increases in staff salaries and benefits…. WHY ARE THERE MORE SPED STUDENTS??? "All of that has to come from somewhere, and if special education had better funding, we'd be able to expand on what we can offer students," he said in a news release. "This is happening at schools across our state, and it's not fair to our students and staff."…