Monroe says it’s time to take action on special education, not form another task force

Legislation brought forward by one of the South Dakota Legislature’s summer study committees would create a special education task force.

The purpose of the task force would be to examine the rising numbers of students in South Dakota schools who are being identified as in need of special education or special education and related services, to examine the increasing costs of the services these students require and to develop recommendations to address the situation.

District 24 senator Jeff Monroe was a member of the Extraordinary Cost Fund for Special Education Interim Study Committee, but voted against creating the task force.

 

District 24 representative Mary Duvall was chairperson of the summer study committee. She voted in favor of creating the special education task force.

SB3 is through the Senate and is awaiting a hearing in the House Education Committee.Monroe spoke at a Legislative Coffee event in Pierre over the weekend.