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How Much Can Education Budgets Bear?

Abadnonned schoolSome days, readers might wonder why we continue to share the dire news from The United Kingdom and Ireland about the crushing expenses of special education.  Anne Dachel tracks these stories, as a warning for all of us, no matter where we live.  Special Education used to be a tiny part of budgets, but as pediatric health has been devastated over the last 30+ years, SpEd is taking over schools. It's not just autism.  Children are simply not able to learn and attend a school day as there once were. And that's the big question we've been asking for so long. WHAT has happened to children? The answer used to be, "Provide special education." IDEA was a blessing to families with disabled kids. Today? It rages out of control and one has to ask how schools are expected to keep up while ensuring education to all?


By Anne Dachel

The pace of special education is bankrupting districts like BristolThe city of Bristol in southwest England has a problem. Just when it seemed like councils in England had bottomless cashboxes to spend on special needs students, it looks like they don’t.

The school budget in Bristol, a city of half a million residents, will be $71 million in the red by this coming March. AND if things don’t improve, predictions are the deficit could reach $155 million in five years.

Sept 29, 2023, Bristol Post: Schools budget deficit could hit £58m [$71M] by March due to rising special needs demand

In the next few days Bristol City Council will start consulting parents on changes to the education budget

The schools budget in Bristol could face a whopping £58-million black hole by next March due to rising demand for special needs education. Without taking action to cut costs, the deficit in Bristol City Council’s schools budget is forecast to reach £127 million [$155M] by 2028.

 AND the national government has allowed local councils to go into debt over special ed costs.

City Hall chiefs have just three years to balance the books in the dedicated schools grant budget, as councils are normally banned from spending more than budgeted for and carrying deficits. But the government has given councils special permission until March 2026.

There was a meeting about this, but the public wasn’t allowed to watch.

Headteachers discussed the cost pressures with council bosses during a schools forum meeting on Tuesday, September 26. These meetings are normally broadcast on the council’s website for members of the public and press to watch, however this one was not.

As expected, this article tells us that there are MORE SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS. Two terms are used that should be cause for concern. It isn’t just kids with special education needs, it’s “high needs” and the “complexity” of the needs

A report to the schools forum said: “The main drivers of forecast overspend remain high-needs top up and placements costs, resulting from increasing EHCPs [education health and care plans] and complexity of children with special educational needs. The unmitigated deficit forecast position at the end of 2023/24 could reach £58,170,000.

Schools need to come up with a plan to improve their “long-term financial sustainability.”

“Education and financial services are working closely with the sector to explore options to bring school finance back to sustainable footing. All schools forecasting a deficit have been notified of the need to produce a robust plan to demonstrate and secure their long-term financial sustainability.”

Council staff have met with headteachers and governors to “explore affordable solutions”. …

The cost is unsustainable

At the end of the last financial year, the dedicated schools grant budget had spent £15 million [$18M] more than was budgeted for, leaving a cumulative deficit of £40 million [$49M].

Spending on the high needs block takes up about a fifth of the total DSG budget, which is £420 million this year.

It’s unclear whether the government will extend its special permission allowing councils to run deficits in their schools budget, known as a statutory instrument. Earlier this year, one council accountant warned that if Bristol doesn’t balance the books by then, and the statutory instrument wasn’t extended, the “council will run out of money”.

Green Councillor Tony Dyer said many councils were facing the same problems. Speaking during an audit committee on Monday, September 25, he said: “It’s a similar situation for pretty much every other local authority. If the government does not continue the [statutory instrument] provision, there may be some major problems right across the country.”

Unstoppable into 

The number of parents in Bristol requesting an education health and care needs assessment has risen dramatically over the past few years. In 2019, the council received 626 requests, rising to 728 in 2020, 850 in 2021 and 1,001 in 2022.

Any “sustainability” plan they come up with isn’t going to work.

The last paragraph said it all. More and more disabled kids are flooding schools. That is the real problem, the one no one wants to face.

Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.

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"Do you readers at Age of Autism care about those with so called "high functioning autism"! I was kicked out of a sheltered workshop a few weeks ago for yelling at my "supervisor" for the supervisor taking credit for a wallet that I found and returned in the United Cerebral Palsy thrift store. I have been kicked out of day programs and sheltered workshops as a "client" for sticking up for my rights.

Posted by: Bill | October 11, 2023 at 10:27 AM"

Bill, evidently your California experience has not been all unicorns and rainbows.
Yelling at your supervisor sounds threatening.


To: Emmaphilidelphia
I am in my early 30's I do not know or care if you children are employed and debt or not. As this nonsense about robbing stores in California is concerned why is that relevant? What about so maniac killing dozens of people at a cafe or a school in some supposedly "godly" "low crime" southern state I would rather a dozen store robberies than a mass killing. I feel safe where I live I did not feel safe when I lived in Texas where some of my relatives live the crime rate is being lies about by Governor Abbot. Texas is more morally and fiancially bankrupt than California and De Santis is also a liar covering up sex abuse in Southern Baptist churches some of the victims were disabled and that almost certainly includes a few with autism.


"...I live in California."

That explains quite a bit. Are you between the ages of 0-37?
California has one of the highest autism rates for males, plus mandatory vaccination for all students except home schooling students. I'm wondering if you were in the Age of Autism wave beginning after 1986. All of my home schooled adult children are independent and gainfully employed. They are debt free and have never been in jail. They have never robbed a store. They pay their taxes so individuals like you can get ripped off by government programs. Hmmm.


Emmaphilidelphia I live in California but my whole life story is none of your business. I went to public school in California and graduates from one those schools. I just gave my opinion on home school. I knew non-religious home schoolers growing up and understood how religious extremist hijacked the home-schooling movement. I do not know or care who five eyes Fred is.


"Very few if any countries including "dictatorships" want to kill people with disabilities just because some Christian fundamentalist claims so based on false or exaggerated stories."

I think you will find this "secular" article on the topic enlightening. One could also say that sterilization of the "infirm" is a page out of Cold Harbor N.Y. playbook as well:
"Laughlin made the Eugenics Record Office, in effect, into a lobbying agency for sterilization and the restriction of immigration. Laughlin lobbied state legislatures to adopt sterilizations of inmates and disabled people, presumably as a means of social reform. By 1938, 30,000 sterilizations had been performed by different states. "

"In 1936 Laughlin received an honorary degree from the University of Heidelberg for his work on sterilization, which served as a model for the Nazis’ own sterilization laws." In 1936 Laughlin received an honorary degree from the University of Heidelberg for his work on sterilization, which served as a model for the Nazis’ own sterilization laws.


Are you by any chance related to Five Eyes Fred? He doesn't live in America either. Your ignorance of American home schooling history and law is telling. What is practiced today could be considered "free market education". Home school law allows parents to hire private tutors and use quality online courses/curriculum to supplement the required academic courses. Some even mix in a year or two of public or private school where it is an advantage. The operative word is FREEDOM. A parent has total control over choosing the best academic path for their child. This is a game changer for children with special needs.


Mrs. Emmaphilidelphia I agree the public school system is full of waste and abuse of funds but why the argumentum ad Hitlerum? Very few if any countries including "dictatorships" want to kill people with disabilities just because some Christian fundamentalist claims so based on false or exaggerated stories. I think homeschooling needs more regulation for quality. There are secular homeschooling agencies out there offering at least fair quality curriculum. The poor-quality Christian fundamentalist "homeschooling curriculum" has harmed the cause of homeschoolers and made and caused homeschooling to become almost illegal in some countries. If you want to homeschool your child do so legally and responsibly. Most parents do not have the time and money to homeschool, nor do they have the money for private speech therapist.


Thanks, Emmaphiladelphia!

High Tea at Aunty Morag's

We had to support the NHS Respite Care "bare bottom budget " us staff had to bring extra household tissue paper to work ,for kids continence pad changes , NHS allocated budget was never enough to cover the wee darlings bare bottom personal care needs.

WHO will give The Regulators and their product suppliers a "Reverse Reset -Reverse Goal Plan -Performance Evaluation !"

See- https/www.ukcolumn.org
UK Column
Homepage /UK Column
A Bunch of Flowers for Pfizer
Dr Chris Flowers talks about the Pfizer Analysis Documents to Debi Evans and Margaret Granger
Thursday 28 September 2023 Excellent conversation !

High Tea at Aunty Morag's

Take it back to source and do a review ! The numbers of families and children needing support is truly mind boggling !.
In 1994 the waiting list /queue for families desperate for respite breaks for kids was at it's limits just about ? ie Mon to Fri respite one month then Fri to Mon the next month plus one or two week slot for families to book summer holidays .Comments then from weekly caseload meetings "Two 5yr old boys in the same class at school families desperate for respite ,both boys with Down syndrome and Autism and hefty behavioural issues ,problems and difficulties tae get sorted and settled , this is very very unusual " and still they fail the heads or tails "safe and effective [fn-flippin] assessment regulators still using
the squinty thrupenny bit evaluation technique ! toss a coin , but don't really give a toss if the product is safe and effective or not ?
"The Dunning -Kruger Song " from The Incompetence Opera You Tube

Regulators worried ?gene therapy injections ,could be their final "Swan Song ?"


Thanks for sharing Lorim. I will pray that God will bountifully bless your son!


I think Emmaphiladelphia is right. From 7th grade special ed on, our son was homeschooled. And during this time, we had Easter Seals come through his health insurance to help with behavior and social skills for many years. He wasn't learning much at school anyway and his behaviour was becoming an issue. We've recently begun homeopathy with a naturopathic doctor for PANDAS/PANS and are seeing some improvement in his behavior. His dad, my husband, takes him on hikes and walks at the local track. Beautiful music helps, supplements, and some medicine for behavior and a special diet and people praying for him.

Angus Files

I think world wide the emotional blackmail game has been in use goverments are taking advantage of family members.Here in the UK carers.To qualify as a young carer you can care for a friend or family member for the pricely sum of £76.58 ($94.00) and you have to do at least 35hrs per week for it.The same applies to full time carers and it is only one carers allowance per household per person cared for.Now anyone out there wanting to argue that this isnt emotional blackmail??

Pharma For Prison



It is up to the parents to rescue their vaccine injured children.
Do not use a doctor that does not recognize the root cause of the injury and ensuing "autistic behaviors". Home school your child. This is the only way to effectively intervene on their behalf and cut out sensory overstimulation generated by a classroom setting and avoid further vaccine injuries. Target gut and speech issues first. Most extreme autistic behaviors flow from injuries in these areas. Seizures also need immediate attention. Get help as early as possible. A quality, private (you pay out of pocket) intense speech therapy intervention (3 days/week, 30 minute private sessions with Mom doing daily speech therapy exercises) gives your child the best chance. Find a gastroenterologist who is versed in the needs of autistic children with gut issues. If your child does not respond to traditional early speech therapy, teach them sign language and "spelling to speak". Anything you do to help them communicate will help them to overcome their injury and will drastically reduce extreme behavior. Once you have reduced their pain and sensory overload issues, then you can begin to use classic phonics programs to teach reading, writing, and spelling. Parents in the home school community have been teaching their "autistic" children for years. They have a wealth of knowledge and experience. Join a home schooling community for fellowship and support. They are also a source for group field trips. Every home school child is supervised by their parent. This makes it easier to get your autistic child used to being out in public and with other children in a safe environment. This is what I did. It is still not an easy road, but over time, my son had great success. It was a total commitment on my part to do this and not rely on ineffective and costly government programs. My spouse supported a family of six on one income in order to do this. The good Lord always provided our needs, and now we have a peaceful life in our later years with money to retire on. I saved taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. When one home schools, one sees the horrific waste and overspending that is public school "special ed".
If we continue on this path, the government "solution" will be the same as Hitler's.

Cherry Misra

Hello there autism friends and a special thankyou to Anne Dachel for this excellent piece of work- a specific city, X amount of money, X number of special needs kids and many questions. Meetings behind closed doors must begin, not to talk about money but about how to spend that money (in my humble opinion) in a way that solves as many problems as possible. I know I am taking a step back, but I think now is a good time to reassess. What should an autistic kid be doing with his time ??? For a particular activity , what is the cost per hour. What activities are we missing that may be very good for the child but much cheaper in cost. ? - Just some examples here.
I would like to go back here in time to about a year ago- when I attended a high tea with a group of people among whom was a British man who was senior for many years at the World Bank. When I said good bye, I added, " And good luck with the British economy. " ... He replied, not lightly as I expected, but instead seriously with " Thanks, we are going to need it "
So , putting all this together, we need to face facts and do what we can with good will and real thought . Education is about more than just making classrooms and putting in some teachers . In my opinion , education of special needs kids has to be about more than just academic work and it is not always expensive.
Cherry Misra, New Delhi

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