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Auditor flags need to control rising costs of special education

Sarah Lemagie, Session Daily, March 6, 2013 – If lawmakers change the state’s requirements for special education, they should study the impacts first. That advice was among the recommendations that the legislative auditor made Wednesday in a report on special education that lawmakers discussed at a joint meeting of the House and Senate education finance committees. (Listen to the […]

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GOP K-12 Leader Gets Earful on Policy

U.S. Rep. John Kline, head of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, meets with school board leaders and superintendents at a round-table session in his Minnesota district. The congressman often tests local sentiment on how federal policies are playing outside Washington. —Jenn Ackerman for Education Week Alyson Klein, Education Week, March 5, 2013 – School superintendents, […]

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Most vulnerable students to get one-two punch under sequester

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, February 27, 2013 – Political rhetoric about spreading out the pain notwithstanding, if it comes to pass the sequestration will deliver a one-two punch to Minnesota’s most disadvantaged students. The two revenue streams that will be cut dramatically and immediately are directed at programs for disabled children and schools that serve concentrations of children in […]

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Meet the cross-subsidy, an increasingly painful way to pay for special ed

Autism specialist Jason Backes sits in a swing which allowed an Intermediate District 287 student the constant movement that kept him calm enough to work. MinnPost photo by Bill Kelley This is the third in a series of articles addressing a largely hidden crisis: A decade of social-service cuts and rising poverty have left Minnesota schools —which turn […]

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Legislative wish list crafted to better help schools’ most challenging students

This is the second in a series of articles addressing a largely hidden crisis: A decade of social-service cuts and rising poverty have left Minnesota schools — which turn no child away —  struggling to serve a growing number of students whose severe mental-health issues and cognitive disabilities aren’t being addressed anywhere else. Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, January 17, 2013 […]

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The safety zone: Inside a school where no student’s needs are too tough

This is the first in a series of articles addressing a largely hidden crisis: A decade of social-service cuts and rising poverty have left Minnesota schools — which turn no child away —  struggling to serve a growing number of students whose severe mental-health issues and cognitive disabilities aren’t being addressed anywhere else. Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, January […]

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School budget cuts less painful than in the past

Meghan Gutzwiller, Monticello Times, May 10, 2012 – Superintendent Jim Johnson revealed the school district’s budget adjustment plan for fiscal year 2013 Monday evening, and the $350,000 budget reduction proved to be less of a daunting challenge than the budgets of recent past. “We’ve taken a little bit of a different approach to this and […]

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