Mar 1, 2019, Savage (MN) Pacer: Burnsville-Eagan-Savage adjusts to demands on budget, letter campaign begins https://www.swnewsmedia.com/savage_pacer/news/education/burnsville-eagan-savage-adjusts-to-demands-on-budget-letter-campaign/article_b6159890-a50f-592e-9c68-a98aaad508eb.html BURNSVILLE — The Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District can continue ninth-grade sports and offering middle school orchestra while still making about $6.6 million in cuts to staff and athletic and academic programs for next school year, a district official said Thursday. Some district residents meanwhile have begun a letter-writing campaign to area legislators calling for more state money for special education and to districts in general…. District Superintendent Cindy Amoroso has said some severe cuts must be made because state and federal aid aren’t keeping up with special education and general costs and because of falling student numbers in recent years. Enrollment is about 3,000 students lower than 20 years ago with around 8,400 enrolled this year. … The letter asks the recipient to support three Minnesota Legislature bills — two that increase the per-student amount of state money for districts and tying it to inflation and a third that would cover a rising percentage of districts’ special education spending….
Children today are noticeably different from previous generations, and the proof is in the news coverage we see every day. This site shows you what’s happening in schools around the world. Children are increasingly disabled and chronically ill, and the education system has to accommodate them. Things we've long associated with autism, like sensory issues, repetitive behaviors, anxiety and lack of social skills, are now problems affecting mainstream students. Blame is predictably placed on bad parenting (otherwise known as trauma from home).
Addressing mental health needs is as important as academics for modern educators. This is an unrecognized disaster. The stories here are about children who can’t learn or behave like children have always been expected to. What childhood has become is a chilling portent for the future of mankind.