South Carolina Faces Cuts for Underfunding Special Education

Columbia, SC (WLTX, AP) — Education officials are rushing to send $75 million to schools for special education programs to avoid losing federal money.

The U.S. Education Department says South Carolina has not spent enough on special education in the past three years due to budget cuts.

The federal agency had threatened to withhold $111 million from the state as punishment.

“For the last couple of years the state has not met its maintenance efforts requirements for this mandated program from the federal government for special education,” said Jay W.┬áRagley, Deputy Superintendent of Legislative and Public Affairs for South Carolina’s Department of Education. He says last year the state received $183 million dollars for special education funding from the federal government.

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Author: Kevin Mulligan

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