09/10/2014 11:07 EDT | Updated 11/10/2014 05:59 EST

Teachers association says support needed for special needs students

EDMONTON - A report from the Alberta Teachers Association shows schools in the province need to work on support for special needs students.

Dr. Marc Arnal, retired dean of Campus St. Jeans-University of Alberta, says a blue-ribbon panel on inclusive education in Alberta schools has wrapped up and has some recommendations.

Arnal says they recommend the province provide immediate, targeted, substantial and sustained funding for inclusive education.

Arnal says the government needs to help with the issue.

He says what's missing is a mechanism for planning and for bringing together all the people who are partners in education around the question of inclusion.

He says the government has to engage the various players in a productive and meaningful dialogue.