Massachusetts officials have cut more than $6.9 million for fiscal year 2010 from the state's so-called "circuit breaker" program, which provides school districts with reimbursement for special-education services, including tuition for students who enroll in private programs. Districts have been scrambling to fill the hole. "It's the kids' programs and services that suffer [from the cuts]," one superintendent said, "and it's very troubling because I don't see any resolution."

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