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"Restructuring Resources for High-Performing Schools"

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State policymakers attempting to bring down school costs should change or refine class-size mandates and other requirements and more closely scrutinize how money is spent on special education, a report recommends. Education Resource Strategies, a nonprofit organization based in Watertown, Mass., published the report.

It argues that state mandates should be reworked to focus class-size limits on classes where there is the greatest academic need, and that states and school districts should re-examine special education policies, particularly those that allow students with special needs to attend schools of their choice, regardless of whether schools have the resources to serve them.

Vol. 30, Issue 35, Page 5

Published in Print: June 15, 2011, as School Finance
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