Compared to other Maryland school districts, City Schools serves more students with higher needs and spends more on each of those students, reflecting an investment of $72.6 million.
City Schools spends 24 percent of its operating budget on services for students with disabilities, among the highest of comparison districts. In part, this is explained by 41 percent more spending in physical health services and 60 percent more in services to support students’ social and emotional needs.
City Schools’ transportation costs are also higher for students with disabilities and are rising overall, partly because of increases in service costs and to provide services to a growing population of homeless students.
Between FY16 and FY18, City Schools expects an increase of $8 million in transportation expenses for students with disabilities.