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Madison, WI: Middle school 'swamped' with special needs students

Nov 2, 2017, Isthmus, Madison, WI: “Swamped” with special needs kids? http://isthmus.com/news/news/is-badger-rock-charter-school-swamped-with-special-needs-kids/ The governance council of Badger Rock Middle School says it is “swamped” with students with disabilities which has created a “burdensome situation” for students, staff and parents. In a Sept. 20 letter to Madison school district officials, obtained by Isthmus, the council wrote that 32 students 35 percent of the total student body — have special educational needs. As a result, the council said, “teachers are unable to implement the project-based curriculum” at the small public charter school. “Of the 32 students, 69 percent are in the behavior category (e.g., autism, emotional behavior disorder or other health issue),” wrote the council. “This is far higher than any other school in the Madison Metropolitan School District and almost twice the district average. . . . Our school structure and urban agriculture emphasis does not lend itself to such high number of [special needs students].” … The superintendent did, though, acknowledge that the percentage of students with disabilities at Badger Rock is “significantly higher than the district average.”…