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Special Ed cuts means less teachers in WISD

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The Waco school district is figuring out how to offset a major cut to special education programs.

WISD will see a cut in government funding of $850,000 in the 2014-15 school year. That means they will have less teachers in the program to make up for the drop in funding.

The school board will propose a program change reduction in force in Thursday night's meeting. Officials say they may not know any final decision on who may stay or who might leave until the end of the school year.

"You never know from year to year how many teachers are going to leave anyway or are going to find employment some place else or are going to retire. You just don't know," WISD spokesperson Dale Caffey.

Caffey says they may offset the cost by attrition alone, but there could be some layoffs.

Caffey also says this cut in funding is because there are 13 percent less students in the program. Special Education coordinator Laurie Tresl says this is a state-wide trend. She says it's because of several reasons including changes in addressing students with low performance and better services.

"It used to be they had to be in special ed to get additional support or accommodations and that's no longer the case. They can get those accommodations in general education now," Tresl said.

Tresl says individual services will remain the same quality for those who are still in the program.

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