By Nirvi Shah from On Special Education
South Carolina is trying another route to keep from losing about $36 million in federal special education dollars.
The state has been fighting with the U.S. Department of Education for months over its special education budget. For several years, South Carolina cut spending on special education, something the state must get permission to do from the Education Department. The requirement protects students with disabilities from ups and downs in budget cycles that could otherwise affect student services. If states make cuts to special ed. spending that the feds don't agree is justified, they face losing an equal amount of federal special education money.
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