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Washtenaw Intermediate School District Superintendent Says Special Education Millage Needs To Pass

Apr 22, 2016

Washtenaw Intermediate School District Superintendent Scott Menzel
Credit Courtesy Photo / washtenawisd.org

The Washtenaw Intermediate School District will ask voters in the May 3rd election to approve a special education millage.


Scott Menzel says the district currently uses $24 million from its general fund to help pay for special education services.  The county spends $121 million for the services every year with the help of federal and state funding.  The superintendent explains what could happen if the millage is not approved.

"That $24 million that they're paying now, they'll continue to pay.  That means that that money is not be available to support other things in local classrooms, so you see districts making cuts where they've had to lay off staff, where they've expanded class sizes..."

6,500 students receive special education services in Washtenaw County.

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