Senator John Walsh this week met with Livingston resident Verne Beffert, Director of the Park County Special Education Cooperative. Walsh and Beffert discussed the importance of addressing special education needs in rural areas.
"All of Montana's students deserve a quality education, especially in our rural areas," Walsh said. "Students with disabilities need support from their schools and communities so they can reach their full potential."
Special education cooperatives allow school districts to pool resources together to hire special education staff to help students with disabilities.
As of October 2013, Montana had 16,473 children with disabilities receiving services. Of those, 5,969 were attending schools served by one of the special education cooperatives.