The Dubuque school district has informed Hills and Dales that it will be terminating its “applied behavior analysis” contract with the organization. Hills and Dales has been providing ABA therapy to students with autism and behavioral problems for the past four years. Now the district wants to provide those services itself. But according to Hills and Dales CEO Marilyn Althoff, it’s illegal for the district to do so without hiring certified therapists. Althoff says the only kids that will be affected by the ending of the contract are the ones already served by Hills and Dales, but that’s left a lot of parents confused. Althoff is also concerned about what kind of information the district is sending to parents who have kids with autism or a disability. Althoff hopes the kids are not short-changed when it comes to the therapy they need. Althoff says the termination of the ABA contract will not affect the rest of their partnership with the district.