Citizens Budget Commission data on increase in general education versus special education spending in NY 2000-01 through 2009-2010:
Scarsdale per pupil spending
2000-01 - 2009-10
Gen Ed: $10,513
Gen Ed: $17,324
% change: 65%
2001-10 - 2009-10
% change: 136%
I'm guessing this increase is related to No Child Left Behind's requirement that most students in special education pass the same state tests general education students pass.
On the other hand, most of Scarsdale's SPED students would have passed the tests without any increase in spending, same as the general education students. New York's tests were too easy.
So I don't know what to make of this.
Years ago, an education attorney told me: "No Child Left Behind is really a special education law."
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