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Special Ed Services Left Intact

By AP/KWMU

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri's state Board of Education has backed off plans to reduce special education services for some Missouri pre-school children.

The board had considered changing just which youths with language impairments or developmental delays would be eligible for state aid. The intent was to save money; but more than 300 parents and teachers expressed concerns during a public comment period.

On Thursday, the board approved a final policy for special education services that leaves the pre-school eligibility as-is.

Also, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education said it plans to request $15 million in January to help cover the expected costs.

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