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Washington County, MD: Politicians and "increasing needs of special needs children"

Feb 1, 2019, Hagerstown (MD) Herald-Mail: Special education, safety are top concerns at WCPS listening session https://www.heraldmailmedia.com/news/local/special-education-safety-are-top-concerns-at-wcps-listening-session/article_d1364cef-6d1a-5ebe-9746-14a9b0e0c82b.html In his final scheduled listening session for the year, Washington County Public Schools Superintendent Boyd Michael spoke Thursday on the district's plans for special education, student safety and parental rights. … Michael told the crowd of around 20 in North Hagerstown High School's auditorium that a majority of staff-member increases over the past few years have been to address either special education or English language learner populations. He said multiple English learner and special education teachers have been added in the last couple of years, along with numerous paraprofessionals to aid the teachers. A big part of next year's budget increase is for the special education paraprofessionals, he said. WCPS is also continuing to work on curriculum and address needs through individualized education programs. … The district is restricted, however, by what it can do with its budget, according to Michael. He said politicians are being made aware of the increasing needs of special needs children. Chief Operating Officer Jeffrey Proulx said the special education budget for fiscal year 2019 was between $24 million and $25 million. …