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My friends at Wrightslaw and Special Education Law Blog are the real experts here. But as a parent of a child who would fall under IDEA, and a taxpayer, I want to balance the district meeting its legal obligations with prudent use of funds.
Thanks to BoardBuzz, I read about a case in which parents and the school are litigating over IDEA and special expert reimbursement.
(Case: Arlington Central School District Board of Education v. Pearl and Theodore Murphy)
And look, saying "charter school" is like saying "car" -- you know it has 4 wheels, an engine, and a transmission--but is it a sports car? A coupe? A sedan? A station wagon? 4 -cylinder or 8? All-wheel-drive, front wheel, or rear wheel? Does it have 1,000 on the odometer or 100,000? -- the simple designation "charter" doesn't tell you anything about the school's mission, how it is organized to meet the mission, and the resources it brings.
Dan Malloy is running as the Democratic candidate for govenor of Connecticut. He had a lot of challenges as a child--he didn't learn to read, and he had motor control problems. But he went on to college, law school, and a successful career.
The short version of the story is that federal legislation (IDEA) requires that school districts pay for a free, appropriate public education (FAPE). One school district, Henrico, declined to pay for the services a boy, Reid Tutwiler, needed to become a productive citizen. The parents sued the district, and prevailed.
Is anyone else getting floods of spimspumspem emails consisting of a subject line having to do with medications or increased sati5saction or im9ressing people and a jjpeg of a pill bottle, or a watch, or uhhm some other things I don't want to mention? I guess this is a new way of getting around filters. 25 today and it is annoying.