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State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor giving the 2019 State of Education address at the Capitol building.

Scott Girard

As a difficult state budget season approaches, Wisconsin’s top education official announced she would propose adding money for school special education and mental health services for 2021-23.

State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor delivered her second annual State of Education address Thursday, speaking virtually via Wisconsin Eye.

“We are clear-eyed about the realities economic challenges will play in state budget decisions,” Stanford Taylor said. “However, it is my hope our leaders can and will continue to prioritize public education and the needs of our most vulnerable learners.”

Throughout her speech, Stanford Taylor praised educators for their work through the unexpected move to virtual learning in the spring and support of students through the summer. She also highlighted equity, a key theme of her 2019 speech, encouraging all educators to become an “agent of

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New Haven to reopen classrooms for some special education students

NEW HAVEN — The school district will reopen 11 special education classrooms for in-person learning despite the rest of the buildings remaining closed for the first 10 weeks of the semester.

The Board of Education’s vote to allow schools to reopen for 11 special education classrooms is a step toward loosening its directive to keep schools closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Director of Student Services Typhanie Jackson appealed to the board for the change as the state mandates specific evaluations for special education students and the state Department of Education has not granted waivers, so

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Take This Survey to Voice Your Concerns About Military Special Education

From its first survey in 2020, the group Partners in PROMISE — Protect the Rights Of Military children In Special Education, was able to show that military special education families are struggling.

With the launch of its 2021 survey, which will remain open for submissions through Oct. 9, 2020, it aims to find evidence-based solutions and actionable data.

Founded in January 2020 by four mothers, Partners in PROMISE focuses on education and advocacy. It serves as the link between special needs families, the Defense Department, legislators and established military service organizations to work toward solutions to education problems.

“Partners in PROMISE was founded because we knew how powerful telling our personal stories would be. We are a storytelling organization, but we also want to do the right thing and validate the educational challenges that our military families with children with special needs face,” Founder and Executive Director Michelle Norman said

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