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.
If approved, the request would then be sent to the City Council, which would decide whether to appropriate the funds.
“Our obligation is to provide these services,” said John McDonough, the School Department’s chief financial officer. “That is not something we have any discretion over whatsoever. . . . The costs associated with them need to be covered.”