Wisconsin's Special Ed System: High Stress, Sparse State Funding


Foundation: Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, Greater Green Bay Community Foundation

This piece was produced for the NEW News Lab, a local news collaboration in Northeast Wisconsin. Microsoft is providing financial support to the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation and Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region to fund the initiative.

For parents and teachers, raising and educating a special-needs child can be all-consuming. Parents struggle to care and advocate for their children, who may have significant health, educational and behavior challenges. And teachers face tough working conditions that prompt many of them to switch districts or leave special education, creating a shortage of qualified educators.

Federal and state mandates require that public school districts in Wisconsin provide all of the special education services a student needs. Roughly 14% of students in Wisconsin are classified as having special needs, which include physical, intellectual, cognitive, emotional and learning disabilities.

But over the past five decades, state funding support for special education has declined precipitously. That forces districts — which must abide by revenue caps set by the state — to take money from the regular education budget to pay for services they are legally obligated to provide to special ed students. Read the Entire Article


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Wisconsin's Special Ed System: High Stress, Sparse State Funding
Foundation: Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, Greater Green Bay Community Foundation

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Foundation: Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham

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Foundation: Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County

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Foundation: Greater Lowell Community Foundation

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Foundation: Oklahoma City Community Foundation

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Foundation: Western Colorado Community Foundation

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Foundation: Bloomberg Philanthropies

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Foundation: Arkansas Community Foundation, Chicago Community Trust, Walton Family Foundation

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Foundation: Grays Harbor Community Foundation

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Foundation: Community Foundation of East Central Illinois

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