School districts in the Minneapolis area are cutting art and music programs or asking voters for new taxes to cover the rising costs to educate students with disabilities. Some districts have built separate, state-of-the-art centers and, sometimes, separate classrooms to house only one student to address the complexity of their disabilities, a move called "a good investment" by Maplewood School District superintendent Connie Hayes. "Think about the cost to our community if we didn't make an investment like that. That's really the essence of why we moved handicapped individuals out of institutions back in the '70s,' Hayes said.
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