Editorial by Tupelo Daily Journal | republished in Hattiesburg American February 1, 2015
Debate over how best to deal with improving education of special-needs children in the Mississippi public schools came in the 2014 legislative session when the two chambers could not agree on a bill.
Special-needs education for many is sacred ground and those who tread on it must do so with respect and caution.
This year, another proposal has been placed in the debate by Rep. Cecil Brown, D-Jackson, and Rep. David Baria, D-Bay St. Louis. Both are passionate about special-needs education, but they differ between themselves on some specifics.
Their joint proposal would provide professionally staffed advocacy offices for special-needs children — three of them spaced around the state - to help parents of special-needs children deal with local school districts and their own attorneys in seeking special needs education assistance.
We believe that proposal has merit and should be given serious consideration, especially keeping in mind the funding limitations of the statewide education budget.
Read more: Keep kids at center of special-needs talks