School Turns Back on Special Ed

A month before school starts, the families of 40 Minneapolis students with special needs were informed their children would not be welcomed back to the one-year-old charter, Minnesota School of Science. The school replaced Cityview Elementary School in August 2011 due to poor standardized test scores, the Twin Cities Daily Planet reports.

Originally, the arrangement stipulated that special education classrooms would remain in the building. It meant Cityview’s high-needs students would not have their schooling disrupted, and the district wouldn’t need to locate space for more classrooms in already-crowded schools.On July 9, however, the charter school’s board notified the district they would not re-sign a contract to mainstream MPS students this coming fall.

Diane Ravitch -- in her education blog -- points out that the Minnesota School of Science is part of a chain of urban, Midwestern charter schools managed by the controversial, Concept Schools.

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