(New Zealand) SPED cost continues to rise

May 25, 2017, New Zealand Herald: Budget 2017: School funding ‘freeze’ over Special education Another $63.3m over four years in extra funding will go to supporting students with special and additional learning needs, including more teacher aide hours. The Incredible Years programme for parents and teachers with children with autism will get $4.2m over four years to increase support to children aged 2-5 years. Opposition parties, in particular the Green Party, have called for much larger funding increases, highlighting stories of parents forced to pay for support from their own pocket. Education Minister Nikki Kaye said the Government had increased funding for children with additional learning needs by about 33 per cent since 2009, and today's Budget would extend teacher aide support to an extra 625 students a year.