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York, ME: District $1M over budget due to SPED needs

Sept 27, 2017, Bangor Daily News: York school system nearly $1M over budget in special education spending https://bangordailynews.com/2017/09/27/news/york-school-system-nearly-1m-over-budget-in-special-education-spending/ Special education spending in fiscal year 2017 was nearly $1 million over budget, according to York School Department year-end tallies. The reasons are numerous, say school officials, as the department transitions from a problematic past to a compliant future. ... “The big challenge is that the budget wasn’t developed to meet the needs we were seeing” among the special education student population, she said. ... …The report was requested in part because over the years several parents filed due process complaints against the school department for failure to provide an education as mandated by federal special education law. Tied somewhat to the legal costs was the amount of money spent on out-of-district placements for students who for one reason or another are not being educated in York. Some students may have significant developmental delays. Parents of others, according to due process complaints, have taken their kids out of York and placed them in other schools because they did not believe York was providing an adequate education. Under federal law, the school district is responsible to pay out of district costs. In FY 17, $747,000 was spent on 17 out-of-district placements, and $523,000 was budgeted for 12 placements. …