Special education costs soaring

PIERRE, S.D. (WNAX) – One of the fastest rising costs for South Dakota schools is special education.

Wade Pogany, Executive Director of the Associated School Boards, says the number of students needing services is expanding rapidly.

An interim legislative committee is studying the issue but Pogany says they haven’t come to any conclusions, yet.

The state set up an “extraordinary cost fund” for schools to use in case of extra special education expenses. Pogany says that fund has been close to being tapped out the last couple of years.

The special education legislative committee is scheduled to meet again on Nov. 13.