Special education is targeted for cuts in Arizona district

Officials in Arizona's Gilbert district are hoping to help close a budget deficit estimated to be at least $4 million by making about $1.7 million in cuts to special-education programs and staff. Among the proposed changes are: the use of inclusive classrooms for high-school students with special needs; the creation of a special-education program at a junior high school that would bring 24 students back into the district from private schools; and a reduction in the hours of many special-education and resource aides.

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