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Milwaukee: "Mental health needs of students increasing"; SPED severely underfunded

Aug 30, 2018, Urban Milwaukee: Schools Special Needs Grossly Underfunded https://urbanmilwaukee.com/2018/08/30/op-ed-schools-special-needs-grossly-underfunded/ Special Education and bilingual instruction are mandated by federal or state law but way underfunded. …Schools grapple with finding resources to help children with special needs. The federal government requires certain services for special needs students. Regardless of the tight school budget, schools must offer those services. Unfortunately, Wisconsin only provides twenty-six cents for every dollar schools spend on special needs services. As a consequence of this policy, school boards and superintendents are forced to cut services for general education to meet the federally required special needs services. In essence, all children sacrifice to help fill the gap in the special needs budget…. Likewise, mental health needs of students are increasing. For example, a recent survey of students reported nearly half of all girls and thirty-percent of all boys surveyed reported anxiety, along with higher rates of sadness, hopelessness and thoughts of suicide. Students are also increasingly facing trauma, especially students in poverty. Trauma affects students’ cognitive abilities as well as their behavioral and impulse controls. Schools need resources to help these children….