Aug 24, 2017, Radio New Zealand: Satisfaction with special education plunges http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/337956/satisfaction-with-special-education-plunges A shortfall in help for a growing number of children with behaviour problems is behind a sudden drop in satisfaction with the Education Ministry's special education service, school principals say. Only 64 percent of 1206 parents and educators who responded to a ministry survey last year agreed they were satisfied with the overall quality of the service. .. The percentage of respondents happy with their children's progress after receiving special education help also reached its lowest level at just 63 percent, down from 69 percent in 2015. ... The president of the Principals' Federation, Whetu Cormick, said special education staff did a great job, but schools wanted more help for a growing number of children with special needs. "Schools say that they are at breaking point with the increase in severe behaviour issues that are arriving at school, children with mental health issues and even the effects of methamphetamine addiction," Mr Cormick said. … Ms Casey said the government spent $630 million a year on learning support, with two-thirds of the money going directly to schools, and more students than ever were receiving additional help.