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Continued: Readers Write (March 10): Taxes, U of M, special ed, marriage, TSA, minumum wage, guns

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STEVE MOORE, Minneapolis

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SPECIAL EDUCATION

Finding what’s best for students, taxpayers

What a huge drain on taxpayers in school districts to provide an “education” to kids who are so disabled they can’t learn (“Rising special ed cases are huge cost to Minnesota schools,” March 3).

We need all of our resources for the kids who will be our future workers. Spend money on the disabled who can learn and do, like some Down syndrome students or others who aren’t too disabled.

There needs to be a means test before some of these kids can come into the system, as we cannot afford this anymore. Those who are severely disabled will end up in special homes where they’re cared for all their lives, so why put this burden on the taxpayers and school districts?

LOIS RYAN, Montgomery, Minn.

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The majority of special-needs students do not require, nor receive, exorbitant accommodations. In fact, most schools’ special-education budgets are underfunded and the staff stretched thin.

It was a teacher who discovered my daughter’s huge difficulties with auditory processing and advocated for her to be included in courses and sports where she could succeed. It was a school speech therapist who opened the doors for her to develop meaningful communication. It was a teacher who advocated for my daughter to get training in office skills.

Today, my daughter is 23 and has paid employment three mornings a week, volunteers at four other job sites, and lives a rich life, in part due to public schooling.

JACKIE PUNCH, St. Paul

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