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Special education costs take up large chunk of Baltimore’s school budget

Baltimore’s school system is once again set to spend roughly a quarter of its $1.3 billion budget on special education services.

This year’s proposed budget, which the school board is scheduled to vote on May 8, allocates more than $278 million for a variety of special education services — about the same as last year. Most of it pays for staff positions to educate about 12,000 students in special education programs.

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