Special Education continues to be an area in which boards request more supports and resources given the complexities of student needs. This is even more significant where community services and supports are not readily available or easily accessible. This is especially the case in northern, rural and remote communities. The corollary is also true that urban areas attract families of students with medical/health and other significant needs because of greater access to services and supports (e.g. treatment centres).
OPSBA and its member boards continue to monitor and track the impact of the phased-in Differentiated Special Education Needs Amount (formerly High Needs Amount) to ensure adequate supports and services for all special education students. OPSBA recommends the ministry assist school boards in continuing to help parents and communities understand the funding elements of special education.
Most boards continue to enrol newcomer and refugee students into their schools, with many arriving with very high needs that require additional resources that are not always part of a board's original budget.