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Changes to MPS Autism Program
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EXPLAINING THE CHANGES:
EXPLAINING THE CHANGES:

Minneapolis Public Schools is committed to supporting the growth and success of each of our students. In an effort to ensure we are always serving our students in the most effective way possible, we continually assess the strength and efficacy of our programs as well as the needs of our student population. Sometimes this results in changes to existing programs.

For the 2015-2016 school year, some minor changes have been put into place regarding our autism program. Some parents and community members have expressed concern about these changes. We take these concerns seriously and are committed to responding with candor and transparency to the questions that have been posed. Our initial communication regarding these changes could have been more clear and detailed, and we would like to remedy that now. We would also like to emphasize that the driving force behind this program change was simply to meet the needs of our current and incoming student population and to ensure that our educators are equipped with the skills they need to help our students thrive.

The changes enacted this school year are a move to establish a more inclusive autism support model for students with autism. This inclusive model shifts some resources from the Citywide Autism Program to community schools in order to support the needs of students with autism within community schools. We believe that the majority of our students can and should receive special education services at their community schools, including students with autism.