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Anne Dachel, Media editor, Age of Autism
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UK media editor, Age of Autism
"The generation of American children born after 1990 are arguably the sickest generation in the history of our country."
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
Jun 11, 2019
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(UK) $14M (US) SPED shortfall in Cambridgeshire schools; 30% increase in SPED pupils
June 7, 2019, Fenland Citizen: Special educational needs budget in Cambridgeshire faces £11 million [$14M US dollars] black holehttps://www.fenlandcitizen.co.uk/news/special-educational-needs-budget-in-cambridgeshire-faces-11-million-black-hole-9072753/Schools in Cambridgeshire face an £11 million funding shortfall in their special educational needs budget, according to the country's largest education union. …
The Government said it had increased funding since 2015, from £5 billion to £6.3 billion, following demonstrations by parents of children with special educational needs in May.
But the National Education Union says this does not take into account the increase in pupils that schools have to provide for, estimating they now face a funding shortfall of at least £1.2 billion…
In January 2015, there were 3,099 youngsters in Cambridgeshire with either an EHC plan or their predecessors, which were known as statements of special educational needs.
The budget for high needs pupils in 2015-16 stood at £67.8 million in today's terms, adjusted for inflation – the equivalent of £22,360 per pupil.
In 2018-19, the budget had fallen to £65.9 million, but the number of pupils needing support had gone up by 23 per cent, to 3,822…Since then, the number of children with an EHC plan has increased by another 10per cent, reaching 4,198 in January 2019. …
Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the NEU, said: "This is clearly a crisis, with pupils and parents bearing the brunt of real-terms funding cuts and the wholly inadequate planning by Government.
"Thousands of children and young people are missing out on the education they need and deserve, causing misery and worry among families struggling to get support for their children."
The NEU says a lack of funding across the country is now leading to cuts in specialist provision, a loss of specialist support staff, and increased waiting times for assessment.
When a parent asks the council to assess whether their child has additional needs, it must carry out an assessment and draw up a plan within a maximum of 20 weeks. In Cambridgeshire, 38 per cent of those referred in 2018 waited longer than this, an increase from 31 per cent the previous year. Of those with an EHC plan, 40, or 1 per cent, were not in education, employment or training at all….