Nov 18, 2019, Keloland: S.D. special ed panel wants more specific data https://www.keloland.com/news/capitol-news-bureau/s-d-special-ed-panel-wants-more-specific-data/ PIERRE, S.D. (KELO) — The Legislature’s committee studying special education needs more information about costs from local school districts and the South Dakota Department of Education, its chair said Monday…. Representative Nancy Rasmussen,… She said the panel wants data on out-of-district placements, for example, before recommendations could be offered. Senator Jim Bolin, a Canton Republican who is vice chair, said South Dakota wasn’t unique in facing a funding shortfall. Bolin said another challenge is keeping and recruiting staff. “It is a nationwide issue that will confront us in the days and weeks ahead,” Bolin said. Senator Jim White, a Huron Republican, said one reason costs rose was the decision to make autism eligible. The 2019 Legislature passed a measure establishing the special committee and required it to report before the start of the 2020 session that opens January 14…. Approximately one student of every five in South Dakota have dyslexia, according to Rasmussen. … She suggested dyslexia should be a big concern because South Dakota’s overall reading performance has been “so low.”
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.