Special education costs
A sharp rise in students diagnosed with major disabilities is forcing many schools to take difficult and at times divisive new steps to tailor classrooms to the disabled students’ needs, no matter how expensive that gets. Updated Jun. 9, 2013
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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Gary Riege sat on the swings of the school where he was restrained doz...
Outbursts at school lead to physical restraints, solitary confinement.
Deb Moorse, a speech and language pathologist, worked with a 14-year-old student via Skype from an office in Benson, Minn.
Gianni, who has a history of psychosis, often slips into a fantasy world, talking to himself and battling imaginary enemies.
One boy's struggle with “Mr. Angry” highlights a growing dilemma: Thousands of kids with mental problems rely on schools for care.
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.
Loose rules enable students who wouldn’t qualify in other states to get services, straining budgets.
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 new report from the state’s legislative auditor recommended improvements so school districts can get growing costs under control.