have a mix of special needs and non-special needs in my family. The truth is that it’s more expensive to send sped kids out of district than to keep them in district.
Some sped kids really do need a special program, but just because they’re getting shipped a half hour away doesn’t mean we’re not still paying for it. Sped is paid for by the sending district, not the receiving district.
That’s true for all districts, not just Ridgewood. Special ed is simply a fact of life. There’s no getting away from it. Let’s remember that all the sped kids we DO see–because they’re in-district–are saving us money.
We do need to be realistic, however, about sped expenditures. Just like everyone else, I don’t want my regular kids to miss out because too much is going to special ed.
How about if us sped parents stop getting offended when non-sped parents express legitimate concern? Geesh.