California schools face rising special education costs (AP / No. County Times)

January 3, 2013 – California’s school districts are shouldering an increasing share of the rising cost of educating students with disabilities as state and federal funding remains flat, according to a state report released Thursday. The 25-page report by the state Legislative Analyst’s Office found that school districts must keep dipping deeper into their general funds to pay for special education. Schools spend $8.6 billion a year on special education, a combination of state, federal and local funds. The average cost to educate a student with disabilities is $22,300 a year, compared with $9,600 for a non-disabled child.

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