August 3, 2017, Saratoga (Springs, NY) Today: Plans Underway for 2017 School Year https://saratogatodaynewspaper.com/today-in-saratoga/education/item/6980-plans-underway-for-2017-school-year …For special education and economic disadvantage rates have skyrocketed, almost doubling in both areas. Ten years ago, economically disadvantaged students were at a 35% graduation rate and special education was at 40%. Now, they are up to 80% and 75% respectively. “As life gets more complex, students have greater needs and we need to be able to support them so they can focus on their academics and be successful academically. So yes there’s room for improvement but I also think we’ve made quite a bit of improvement over the last five years,” he noted.