Cut in state funds for special education leaves Andover schools $171,000 short

The purse strings on the Andover Public School district’s budget just got tighter.

The purse strings on the Andover Public School district’s budget just got tighter.

In fact, school budgets across the state are grappling with a gap in funding to the Circuit Breaker program, which helps schools fund tuition for special education students who need out-of-district education. The program only applies to districts paying four times the average suggested spending for a pupil that needs out of district special education, which ends up being approximately $44,000.

After schools pay the initial $44,000 per pupil, the program is supposed to cover 75 percent of the rest of the cost of tuition for those students. Over the past five years the program has funded 74.2 percent of the rest of the cost tuition for those students.

This year, the program is funding 65 percent, which will cost districts across the state hundreds of thousands of dollars each.

Source: Cut in state funds for special education leaves Andover schools $171,000 short | Merrimack Valley | eagletribune.com

Jimmy Kilpatrick, a national recognized professional special education advocate since 1994.

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