Dooher: Report shows why educators are frustrated with special education regulations
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ST. PAUL, Minn., March 6, 2013 -- Education Minnesota President Tom Dooher commented on the report by the Office of the Legislative Auditor released Wednesday regarding special education.
“The auditor’s report shows why Minnesota’s educators are so frustrated with the special education system,” he said. “There’s too much paperwork, too many conflicting rules and regulations and too many unfunded mandates.”
“Special education has become an expensive morass of over-regulation that prevents many of our educators from doing what they do best – teach children with special needs,” Dooher said. “It’s time to make changes.”
“Gov. Mark Dayton deserves credit for tackling some of these issues before today,” Dooher said. “His budget invests $125 million over two years in special education, which will reduce cost shifting within districts. His administration has also made reducing the paperwork burden on special education teachers a priority.”
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March 06, 2013