“Extra Special Education at Public Expense”

Nanette Asimov:

At Woodside High in San Mateo County, college-prep classes awaited a 15-year-old boy with learning disabilities and anxiety.
He would blend in with other college-bound students, but also receive daily help from a special education expert. He would get a laptop computer, extra time for tests — and an advocate to smooth any ripples with teachers. If an anxiety attack came on, he could step out of class.
But Woodside High wasn’t what his parents had in mind.
Instead, they enrolled him in a $30,000-a-year prep school in Maine — then sent the bill to their local public school district.

2 thoughts on ““Extra Special Education at Public Expense””

  1. I appreciate the comments posted by Charles Fox in response to the posting of the “Extra Special Education” article from the San Francisco Chronicle. In my opinion, posting Nanette Asimov’s article only serves to continue to strengthen perceived divides between special ed and general ed. I urge readers to note that while the practice described in the newspaper article may be done in California, it is not being done in Wisconsin, and most certainly is not a practice employed by MMSD. In Madison, we are most fortunate to have a guiding philosophy of inclusiveness in our schools as supported by the IDEA legislation.

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