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Letter To The Editor
Length: 3 pages (825 Words)
Special Needs Education Funding in Arizona
According to Arizona Department of Education, the number of students with special needs is on the rise. For example, data from the National Center for Education Statistics shows that Arizona special education population increased by more than 5% between 2006 and 2014 (Center for Student Achievement, 2015). Despite this increase, the sector still experiences a large deficit in funding. In particular, the money allocated by the state for special education services is insufficient, yet the federal law requires public district and charter schools to educate students with disabilities.
For instance, a district analyst discovered that the discrepancy between the funds that the state availed and those that were spent on the provision of special education was more than $400 million per annum (Center for Student Achievement, 2015). To fill the gap, schools are forced to divert funds meant for the students that do not need special assistance. In other cases, the schools are compelled to raise student fees or deny other students essential services.
Evidently, if Arizona does not improve funding for special education, it risks denying students with disabilities opportunities in career development and overburdening other learners who have to pay extra for special needs’ expenses. Education is what makes Arizona great, and how the State treats its special students is what will set it apart.