Spokane, WA: SPED parents concerned about schools meeting students' needs

August 3, 2017, Spokane Spokesman: Parents, advocates address Spokane Public Schools in hope of influencing budget Parents and advocates weighed in on the Spokane Public Schools board of directors meeting Wednesday night in hopes of guiding the creation of the district’s budget. The majority of parents who spoke raised concerns about how special education students and programs were being funded in the district. Parents also voiced concern over how students were being disciplined and about the disproportionate exclusion of minority students due to disciplinary measures. Erin Carden’s son attends Eagle Peak and has been suspended and kicked out of school numerous times, she said. He is diagnosed with mild autism, ADHD, anxiety and oppositional defiance disorder. “I can’t even tell you how many times my child has been sent home,” she told the board Wednesday. Often when her child is sent home, Carden said, she is told the school doesn’t “have the staff today” to deal with him.… Spokane Public Schools will receive an additional $3 million for special education in 2017-18. That’s after the Legislature increased the cap on how much the state pays for special education students. The district’s total special education budget was $47.6 million in 2016-17.