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Local school districts receive money from the federal and state governments to help them fund special education.
But as special education costs continue to grow, that funding isn’t keeping up. That means local school districts are footing larger shares of the bills. The money comes from their general funds, which is bad for their budgets.
Parents of students with special needs are worried it might mean important services to their students could be cut or scaled back.
On this week’s San Diego Explained, Voice of San Diego’s Maya Srikrishnan and NBC 7’s Monica Dean explain why funds for special education keep running out.