Why have South Kitsap’s costs for special education services increased and why weren’t these services considered for reduction?
Special education costs have been increasing as an overall percentage of district expenditures for several years. Much of this increase is due to the number of students with significant needs. All South Kitsap public schools are required to provide special education services to all students, birth to age 21, who live in the district. Special education services must be provided without regard to cost, according to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Special education services are funded directly from both state and federal sources. This program, like transportation, has also required additional subsidy from the General Fund.
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