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05-26-2011, 09:25 AM
From N.Y. Daily News (http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2011/05/26/2011-05-26_city_plans_to_save_money_by_increasing_class_si zes_for_special_education_kids.html) by Ben Chapman:

The city plans to save money by increasing class sizes for special education kids, outraging parents and educators who say students will suffer under the new system.

Education officials quietly voted last week to reduce funding and increase class sizes by about 20% for many special education kids in city schools starting next year.

Teachers and parents say the new rules could mean less effective instruction for about 175,000 special education students in city schools.

"These are our neediest kids and the city is targeting them for cutbacks," said Patricia Connelly of Bedford-Stuyvesant, whose son, Lucky, is a seventh grader at Middle School 51 in Park Slope.

Under the modified funding formula, high schools will receive enough money for special education classes with 15 students, up from 12. In younger grades, the number of special education students taught alongside mainstream peers will increase from 10 to 12.

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