D.C. grapples with soaring special-ed tuition costs

06/5/2006 | Washington Post, The

The cost of sending 2,283 students with disabilities to private schools last year ate up 15% of the Washington school district's budget, even though the students represented only 4% of enrollment. Officials, who have consistently underestimated such tuition costs for the past five years, have covered the shortfalls by pulling tens of millions of dollars from other programs, often leaving no record of how the money was then spent.

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