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Flint Community Schools to get more money for special education


A state Education Department official is recommending changes to a funding formula that could mean tens of thousands of dollars in additional special education funding for Flint Community Schools.

The school district asked for a review of the current funding formula that the Genesee Intermediate School District uses to distribute funding for special education in the county.

Flint officials complain the formula is based on the number of full time students in a district and not on the number of students with special needs in each district.  

An administrative law judge agreed saying the funding formula “does not meet the individual needs of each student with a disability.” He’s recommending a major change.

It will be up to the state school superintendent to decide how the money should be divided up.