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Wilton explores new way to fully fund special education (Norwalk Hour)

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As the town faces the prospect of losing more than $800,000 in special education funding for the 2017-18 school year, Superintendent of Schools Kevin Smith is looking into a plan that proposes 100 percent reimbursement.

That plan is the Special Education Predictable Cost Cooperative — a financial system that would aggregate contributions from the state and participating towns. Each town would make a community contribution to the Co-op based on their enrollment of special education students, past special educations costs and an equity adjustment based on the municipality’s ability to pay.

Currently, Connecticut is one of four states without a system for funding nearly 75,000 students who require some special education services, according to Connecticut School Finance Project, the nonprofit that developed the idea of the Co-op.

Read the full article at http://www.thehour.com/wilton/article/Wilton-explores-new-way-to-fully-fund-special-10990429.php.

Article also published in the Connecticut Post, Danbury News-Times, Greenwich Time, and Stamford Advocate.