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Families Feel Impact of Special Education Cuts

When her son, Evan, was an infant, a neurologist told Chelle Bisenius that he would never walk or talk.

But through therapy initiated by one of the state’s area education agencies, Evan slowly made progress, beginning to form words, and then sentences. Therapists helped him develop skills he needed to navigate around school, such as climbing stairs.

But when Evan got into elementary school, some of those services began to taper off, against his parents’ wishes. So they looked to private options, and paid out of pocket.