Minnesota must control the cost of special education

  • Article by: Editorial Board , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 16, 2013 - 7:16 PM

State can find efficiencies by reevaluating its compliance rules.

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tandabussOct. 17, 13 7:15 AM

Agreed. I see the special ed program taking over a hugely disproportionate part of the building in my daughter's elementary school; the number of special ed teachers is the biggest "block" or department in every school--and it is hurting the education of other students. I'm not saying no $ for special ed, but let's rein in the costs.

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alansonOct. 17, 1311:06 AM

The driver behind the rise in special education expenses is the legal liability that exposes local schools to gigantic lawsuits. Unless a way is found to provide legal relief to the school districts there will be no change in the upward trend of special education costs. Between the tort lawyers and their friends in the legislature, I don't expect any substantive change in the number or scope of these lawsuits.

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FrankLOct. 17, 13 2:10 PM

I know this will generate lots of down votes, but helping these mildly autistic kids will pay benefits because as adults they can live and work on their own. However, I can not see spending resources on kids that are virtual vegetables. I don't doubt that they may show joy at school, most of that is the change of scenery and someone paying attention to them. It is like watching a loved one on a ventilator, you want that person to get up and live their life again, but the reality is that is not going to happen.

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dhenkelsOct. 17, 13 2:40 PM

FrankL - I agree with you and I'll get down votes on this too, but spending $22K for a student that is never going to be able to actually graduate and participate in society at anything other than as a Walmart greeter (that wouldn't need a high school education) or something to that degree is why we are behind. Teaching kids to what they can, at a lower cost, and focusing resources on those that can go on is the better answer. Sorry, but when there are limited resources and funds you have to make tough choices.

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