Costly Lessons: Price of Special Education in Minnesota

  • An occasional series examining special education in Minnesota’s public schools, where the sharp increase in students who have serious disabilities has brought soaring costs, profound challenges and often controversial new methods for educating them.

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    1. What do you think of the quality of special education services in Minnesota? Please post your comment here.


    2. Given the significant needs of many disabled students, should the state allow teachers without proper licenses to teach them? Please post your comment here.

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Rick Tschida told classmates the biggest barrier to finding work is his lack of a diploma, which he can’t get until he finishes a program aimed at helping him live independently.

Gianni, who has a history of psychosis, often slips into a fantasy world, talking to himself and battling imaginary enemies.

Deb Moorse, a speech and language pathologist, worked with a 14-year-old student via Skype from an office in Benson, Minn.

Gary Riege sat on the swings of the school where he was restrained doz...

A Maplewood school built this classroom for a single student: an 8-year-old autistic boy whose behavior was too extreme for a regular class. Two adults spent their days teaching him to communicate. A year later, the boy moved to another school.

A Maplewood school built this classroom for a single student: an 8-year-old autistic boy whose behavior was too extreme for a regular class. Two adults spent their days teaching him to communicate. A year later, the boy moved to another school.

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