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Dubuque Community Schools rebuild special needs programs


By Tamara Gabbard | Mar 20, 2020

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The Dubuque Community School District is reevaluating its resources to rebuild programs for gifted and special needs students' programs for the next school year.  

"We look at our gifted and talented programming, and what do we offer our students to take them to the next level and help them really achieve at the highest level," Superintendent Stan Rheingans said, according to KCRG 9. "We also look at our at-risk programming. Students that may have outside factors or something that may be hurting them from getting to graduation and what programs are in place to support them so they can maximize their potential and get to graduation."

It is time to break down the programs already available and rebuild them in a way that is best for the students, the district said, according to KCRG 9. They will be looking for ways to reconstruct these programs through funding, available teachers and space. 

This is an effort to make sure that these students are given a chance to engage efficiently in the classroom setting with the goal of making them as successful as possible after they graduate high school. 

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