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Michigan's special education population declined by nearly 8 percent in the last five years, to 197,788, but certain special education funding dropped by almost 16 percent to $201 million. The overall student population dipped by 4 percent. Because special education services must be funded, schools shifted about $692 million from their general operating budgets in the 2015-16 academic year to spend nearly $3.1 billion overall on special education. In other words, school districts spent $459 less per student overall to cover the shortfall from federal, state and local sources of revenue. Noting "the realities" of public funding, the report suggests short-term ways to reward districts for best practices and long-term approaches "requiring more, sustained public investment over time."
At its "Let's Take a Field Trip" education event in Chicago on Tuesday, Apple only had a nominal upgrade to its 9.7-inch iPad and some minor software updates to announce. But hey, at least Crayola's new digital crayon looks pretty cool. This year, the tablet received both a small boost to its processing power -- moving from the A9 chipset to the newer A10 -- it also now boasts Apple Pencil integration. However, even with the company's *ahem* generous $30 discount for schools, whether a significant number of educational organizations will spring for the $100 accessory in addition the the tablet itself remains to be seen. The company's iWork Suite -- specifically, the Pages, Numbers and Keynote apps -- will now support the peripheral as well.