Perham, MN: "State SPED funding has not [kept] pace with...cost of mandated services"

Mar 5, 2018, Perham (MN) Focus: Perham School Board supports resolution for fully funding special education The Perham School Board held its monthly meeting Wednesday night. Agenda items included verbal reports by the school principals, a resolution to fully fund special education, additional staffing requests and several retirement announcements. … Other business included, School Board Chairperson Sue Von Ruden reading a resolution to fully fund special education services. The purpose of reading the resolution was to give some background on how in 1975 the federal government promised to fund 40 percent of the additional cost of educating children with disabilities after it enacted the Education for All Handicapped Children Act in 1975 (now known as the Individuals with Disabilities Act or IDEA). However, the federal government has never funded more than 15 percent of the additional cost. State special education funding has not been able to keep pace with the rising cost of mandated services. According to the resolution, the cross-subsidy for school districts for FY2016 is $679 million, a 5.6 percent increase from FY2015. Between rising need and lack of state and federal aid, the costs for school districts will average $815 per student in FY2017.

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