12/30/2009

Officials broke ground on Utah's first high school for students with autism, which is set to enroll its first students in the fall. The $5.5 million charter school is an expansion of the K-8 Spectrum Academy and will feature small class sizes -- with students divided by ability rather than age -- and a full staff of teachers trained in special education as well as aides and therapists. "We have high expectations for our kids, but we give them the help they need to rise to those expectations," Spectrum's principal said. The school's budget is augmented by private donations.

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