Influx of students with special needs puts strain on district's budget

The Spokane, Wash., school district has seen an influx of students with special needs this year, forcing the district to come up with an additional $2.2 million because of the way the state doles out money for students receiving special-education services. The state provides special-education funding for up to 12.7% of a district's total enrollment, but the Spokane district has almost 500 more students than the state will pay for, with more expected to enroll.

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