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***(UK) Gloucestershire facing 'unsustainable' SPED deficit of $16M (US) by end of year

Feb 4, 2019, Bistrol Live: South Gloucestershire Council forced to rethink education funding https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/south-gloucestershire-council-forced-rethink-2498094 They had proposed taking £3million [$3.9M US dollars] from the mainstream budget to support pupils with additional needs South Gloucestershire Council has been forced to rethink its plans to shift funding for mainstream schools into support children with special educational needs and disabilities. Despite the new national formula boosting its budget by £3.9million [$5M US], it still receives the smallest amount per pupil of anywhere in the country. The authority cannot ensure that children with SEND can have their needs met locally, either in a mainstream school or a special school. It also needs to tackle an “unsustainable” education overspend that is set to be £12 million [$16M US] by the end of 2018/19. South Gloucestershire Council had proposed taking £3 million from mainstream schools and using it to support pupils with additional needs, but the idea failed to win over school leaders or parents. After the Government announced the council would get an extra £1.2million[$1.6M US] to help meet the increasing demand for SEND support, it no longer plans to move the money around…. “We are also pleased that school leaders and parent/carer groups have said they are keen to work in partnership on this issue and work together with us to identify solutions to bring funding stability to SEND spending in South Gloucestershire.”… “We are investing in new specialist school places locally and working more closely than ever with our existing schools to ensure that more children with SEND can have their needs met closer to home, whilst securing value for money to the taxpayer. …