Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Special Education Funds Redirected

Was stunned to read this in The Wall Street Journal this morning. Doesn't make any sense at all. Diverting funds from special education to non-special education program is simply going to cost society even more!

Florida's Broward County Public Schools saved as many as 900 jobs this school year. Nevada's Clark County School District just added more math and tutoring programs. And in Connecticut's Bloomfield Public Schools, eight elementary- and middle-school teachers were spared from layoffs.
These cash-strapped districts covered the costs using a boost in funding intended for special education, drawing an outcry from parents and advocates of special-needs children.
A provision in federal law allows some school districts to spend millions of dollars of special-education money elsewhere, and a government report indicates many more districts plan to take advantage of the provision.

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