Christina Samuels, she specializes in writing about early childhood and special education, writes a great article discussing why special education numbers have been on the rise in the United States since 2012 after decrease each year since 2005.
It is a great read that summarizes the changes in statistics, reasons for the shift, and for why they numbers may be rising. She also discusses funding special education and the impacts that the shift has on states. Interestingly, it has been 16 years since the anyone has analyzed special education spending!
I find this alarming because what if there are better, more efficient ways to serve these students but as a country we do not know where, how the money is spent. I am confident that each district tracks this information carefully but what if there was a more efficient way to distribute, allocate this funding and we are missing out on that opportunity?
Here is a link to the Ed Week Special Education blog as well that provides tons of great information!