Wednesday, April 18, 2007

30 Deeds for 30 Days - Day 17

My good deed for yesterday was to write an email to several members of state and local government asking them to support increased funding for education with an emphisis on early childhood servies and special education.

Special education services are going to be taking a big hit here in Minnesota in the upcoming school year. Joseph's school district alone will have to cut 17 special ed provider positions. We still don't know if Joseph's wonderful IEP case manager will have a job next year. It's really sad that the kids who need the most help are the most likely to suffer when there are budget cutbacks because the services they need are often the most expensive.

This is such an important issue to me, I wish that there was more that I could do.


EE said...

You go, girl!!!
I'll bet if those guys/gals that are making the cuts had kids recieving special services, we'd be looking at increases. Sad, isn't it?

melody said...

Although I homeschool my children, I follow everything I possibly can about the world of education. This is happening all too frequently. Good job being an advocate for you son and, thereby, for others.

Jennifer said...

Well, I don't live in Minnesota, but I am a former Speech Therapist for lots of different school systems.

Unimaginable to me that they'd cut funding in this area! With No Child Left Behind, I'd think they'd be pouring money into education.

Thanks for the kind comment the other day. Sorry it took so long to return the favor.

Megan said...

Thanks for the support!!!