Colorado is doubling the funding next year for schools that enroll students whose mental health or medical needs are too intense for regular schools to handle, calling for 12 new schools to open within the next three years.
The number of these specialized schools, which operate as day centers or are part of residential treatment facilities or hospitals, has fallen over the past two decades from 80 to 30. They offer a combination of therapy and academics in an effort to stabilize thousands of students a year so they can return to their home schools.
But even as the state attempts to shore up a system that’s been sapped by staff shortages, inadequate state funding and other challenges, it is nearly impossible for parents and other members of the public to get answers to a…
Jennifer Brown and Melanie Asmar, Chalkbeat
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