What do you think of the quality of special education services in Minnesota?

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  • Updated: June 9, 2013 - 8:09 AM

Please post your comment on your opinion of the quality of special education services in Minnesota?

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heatherlobJun. 9, 13 7:14 PM

First, you need to define- "What are quality special education services?" In service-based organizations, quality means having those features of service that a customer desires while remaining free from deficiencies or defects in that service. Based on this definition, do I think my child has received a quality SPED in the last decade in MN? The answer is "NO". Do I greatly appreciate the hearts and talents of the staff and teachers who have educated him? The answer is "YES". I want to be clear that the two questions are distinctly different. It is an under-funded, under-staff system that pits parents against school districts. It's sad that families are required to advocate for education needs of their children. It's something that parents with typical kids take for granted.

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linzhartJun. 10, 13 1:22 AM

I really like and agree with Heather's comment above. As a special education teacher in the state, I feel that there is no way to properly judge special education services in Minnesota with this question; as written, it is asking parents, teachers, administrators, and others to argue bitterly about a system that is fundamentally flawed. Without proper staffing, proper funding, and a vast influx of trained teachers, it is at its best a system of teachers, service providers, students, and families doing their utmost to work together to provide the best services possible to a group of kids with a huge variety of unique needs. Are these services always 100% best quality? No. Are they the best that can be gotten with the current system? I certainly hope so, and in many cases, absolutely yes. The vast majority of teaching and other staff members are trying their absolute hardest to make this system work as well as it can, and while it may not be perfect, it is not for the lack of trying!

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fishing341Jun. 23, 1311:04 AM

1 in 50 school age children have Autism. That is an epidemic. Currently, there is no plan of action on the Federal or State level to deal with this onslaught of children that need therapy; the earlier the better. Early intervention is critical. The American Medical Association endorses ABA Therapy as the choice therapy for treating autism, yet we don't use this in our public schools. It is used in private facilities, such as Holland Center, The Lazarus Project, MAC, but Mn law does not require health insurances to cover this program for autistic children. Thus, parents are forced to send their kids to a public school, though they know it is inadequate for their child and disruptive to others. Until laws change, our only other option is home schooling, which many do.

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rangesonJul. 21, 1310:04 AM

There is an inherent problem with this question asked here: " What do you think of the quality of special education services in Minnesota?" Perhaps we should be more concerned with "Does special education belong in public schools?" If we start to question the quality of special education, rather than the causation of it's necessity, we are headed down the same old road of bashing education. Perhaps we need to ask, instead, why there are so many kids in need?

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