Hingham: Committee recommends creation of special ed trust fund

Hingham’s Advisory Committee met in joint session with members of the School Committee and Board of Selectmen Tuesday night, to hear a proposal from the Special Education Working Group, regarding ways to ensure funds are available for special education spending.

The special ed group delivered two proposals, including state legislation that would create a special ed reimbursement program and a second proposal that’s recommended by the group - a home rule petition creating a special ed trust fund, that would require approval by both town meeting and the state legislature.

Special Education Group Chair Linda Port said, “It’s a home rule petition but it’s a warrant article, which has not yet been drafted and we were just trying getting approval to go ahead. We wanted to make sure people were comfortable with the concept of a trust fund, before we went ahead and really worked on the details of how it will be drafted.”

Port said the idea is to have special ed funds available in the event of a gap between town spending and circuit breaker funding.

The advisory committee has not yet voted on the proposal.

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John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.