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Worcester, MA: "School system has experienced a large increase in special education"

Nov 26, 2017, Worcester (MA) Telegram: $2M of Worcester’s free cash recommended to shave 2 cents from tax rate http://www.telegram.com/news/20171126/2m-of-worcesters-free-cash-recommended-to-shave-2-cents-from-tax-rate Ahead of the City Council setting this fiscal year’s tax rates Tuesday night, City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. is recommending nearly $2 million in tax relief for local property owners. At the same time, he is looking to stabilize the budget for the Worcester public schools by asking the council to appropriate $1.1 million in surplus funds from the previous fiscal year, also known as “free cash,” to the school budget. … The $1.1 million in free cash recommended for the Worcester public schools, as requested by Superintendent Maureen Binienda, would support an additional eight teachers, to keep class sizes in check, and special education services. He said the school system has experienced a large increase in special education out-of-district tuition costs this year, for unexpected, unbudgeted new students to the city with significant financial costs.