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Boston schools seek $6m more for special ed

Rise in students with autism helps prompt increase

An increase in students being diagnosed with autism or other disabilities is driving up special education spending in Boston, prompting the School Department to request $6 million in ­supplemental funding.

The additional money is needed so the School Department can end the fiscal year in June with a balanced budget. The School Committee is scheduled to vote on the request at its June 5 meeting.

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