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Mississippi School Cuts Autism Classrooms During District Budget Meeting

May 08, 2014

(May 8, 2014) -- The Rankin County School District in Brandon, Mississippi has decided to cut the county's autism classrooms. Parents of the students with autism in this program were told this week that their children would be moved to in-district special education programs or institutions beginning next school year.

Assistant Superintendent of Rankin County School District Richard Morrision said even though the classes would be eliminated, the autism programs would continue with each special education teacher receiving extra training on autism spectrum disorders this summer.

Parents have had mixed reactions to the annoucement. Joy Hogge, executive director of Jackson-based Families as Allies for the area, says the closing of the classrooms might be in violation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.