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New Bedford, MA: State spending hasn't kept pace with SPED cost

June 2, 2017, (New Bedford, MA) South Coast Today: Regeneration Project understands New Bedford education http://www.southcoasttoday.com/opinion/20170602/your-view-massinc---regeneration-project-understands-new-bedford-education The Regeneration Project — a group of community leaders convened by the New Bedford Economic Development Council — deserves recognition for raising awareness that the city’s fortunes lie in the fate of its public schools (“Our View: Statehouse must boost its support for education,” May 24). Whether it’s growing a skilled workforce or maintaining healthy neighborhoods, nothing is more essential in today’s economy for regional urban centers like New Bedford. It’s especially notable that these leaders have the courage to acknowledge that New Bedford’s public schools are simply not going to meet the needs of their students without additional resources. This sound judgment is backed by an independent commission formed by the Legislature two years ago to look at whether schools in Massachusetts have the funding they need. …State education spending hasn’t kept pace with rising health care and special education costs. …