Special education cuts to go ahead

MPs reacted angrily to prime minister Mark Rutte’s refusal to address them about planned cuts in spending on special education, according to media reports on Friday.

Rutte reportedly told MPs it was up to education minister Marja van Bijsterveldt to defend her policies.
During an emergency debate on the plans to cut €300m of the budget to help children with special needs attend ordinary schooling, the minister said her hands were tied by the coalition agreement.
The current system cannot be maintained and too many children are eligible for extra help, she said.

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