Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Public-Funded Special Education

Near and dear in my heart; my Hunter (a very special boy) attends a very special school. The school is quite effective, and I’m pleased with the results, but it doesn’t come cheap.

This, after his K-through-5 years in our local public school system, in which he was simply not challenged enough for his intellect .. he was bringing assignments home that his younger sister was completing easily. After numerous attempts to get him moved into peer-level mainstream classes in various subjects, we gave up on the public school district for him and enrolled him in APL.

From the article:

Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the nation’s special education students are entitled to a "free and appropriate public education." Federal law calls for school districts to reimburse students or their families for education costs when public schools do not have services that address or fulfill the students’ needs.

The court ruled 6-3 in favor of a teenage boy from Oregon whose parents sought to force their local public school district to pay the $5,200 a month it cost to send their son to a private school.

Granted, there isn’t a program against which I can seek reimbursement .. at the moment, all I can do is call my attorney; not a pleasant (or rapid resolution) prospect.

New York Times:”Court Affirms Reimbursement for Special Education”.

About Michael Coates
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