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Lawmakers should fully fund special education

Massachusetts is known for its commitment to education, and that’s something to be proud of. Nothing of value comes cheap, however, and continuing to fund our educational system is an ever-increasing challenge during these turbulent economic times. With that in mind, now take a moment to consider our students with disabilities. They have added struggles in their lives and in school, but with access to highly skilled teachers and educational technologies, they have a real opportunity for hope and achievement.

As our leaders on Beacon Hill continue their work on the FY’14 budget, we urge them to consider the students at special education schools in Massachusetts. After years of inequality between state spending on regular education versus special education, it is time to restore funds for special education schools that prepare students with complex needs for adult life. Whether studying science, math, reading and writing, or social skills, children with special needs learn best from highly trained professional educators. Many times, those specially trained teachers are not available in the regular school systems.

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