Friday, March 27, 2015

Special education to take a hit, boards warn

Starting this fall, boards will have fewer options to move money around — so expect special education to take a hit because most need to do that to cover the actual costs of serving their most needy students, says the head of the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association.

While a threatened 2 per cent cut in overall funding didn’t materialize — grants remain at the same level as last year, at $22.5 billion — Michael Barrett said there are still several areas of concern.

“While it wasn’t as horrible as it could have been, there are still systemic issues that haven’t been dealt with — special education funding absolutely being at the top of it.”  (more...)

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