Sunday, October 28, 2007
"Disabilities Fight Grows as Taxes Pay for Tuition " is an interesting Oct. 27, 2007 New York Times Article. It is worth a read because it reminds us that special education law is not just about the law. It is about taxes and about children. It also explains how expensive special education is. As the article states:
The federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act guarantees a “free appropriate public education” for children with disabilities. Most of the nation’s nearly six million special-education students attend public school, but the law allows parents to seek public financing for private schools if they can show that the public schools cannot adequately serve their children.
As of 2005, more than 88,000 disabled students were educated in private settings at taxpayer expense, an increase of 34 percent over a decade, according to the National School Boards Association. Often school districts acknowledge that they cannot provide an adequate education, and willingly pay for private tuition.
Mitchell H. Rubinstein