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Alabama given permission to cut special education funding

Posted Apr 12 2011 6:15pm

We’ve discussed it before: some states are starting to ask for waivers from the federal government to allow for reductions in special education funding. From Al.com: Federal goverment to let Alabama cut spending for special education . Here’s the first few paragraphs:

WASHINGTON —Ala­bama is one of a handful of states given permission to cut spending on special ed­ucation this school year, a rare concession from Wash­ington for states facing se­vere shortfalls in their state budgets.

State education officials had asked to spend $9.2 mil­lion less on education pro­grams for disabled children than last year, a 1.45 percent drop.

In a response letter dated Thursday, federal education officials said they were will­ing to waive the insulation that special education pro­grams normally have from cutbacks because the reduc­tion was a fraction of the cuts made to the rest of the education budget.

Alabama reduced its over­all spending on education by 8.41 percent in the 2010-11 fiscal year—8.46 percent in elementary and secondary education.

The federal governement will give the same amount to Alabama for special education:

If the waiver had been rejected, Washington would have reduced the amount of money it sends to Alabama for special education next year by $9.2 million. Washington said it expects Alabama to spend about $635 million on special education in the 2011-12 year, which would have been the budget before the waiver was granted.

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