I am a parent of a child with special needs who has chosen to send my child to private school instead of public school. We did this because we wanted our child to be in the BEST educational environment for her to succeed to the BEST of her abilities.
The PPS system could not provide her with the same learning environment. I was frustrated with how they would have approached her learning challenges. Thier policy and systematic approach is to provide the fewest amount of supports possible and see if she suceeds. The amount of supports that were to be provided were so inadequate that failure for her was iminent. Imagine what that does to a child's sence of self confidence.
After being a part of early intervention, then going through the kindergarden placement process with much frustration, I am convinced that special education is broken in public schools. Schools routinely do the minimal possible to abide by the law barely giving these wonderful children enough supports. I get that this is a budget issue. The case loads are unbelieveable for the hardworking speech, occupational, and special educational consultants that work so hard with the special ed students. Imagine if you saw a student who has speech and social issues only 4 times per year or is your could work with them 2 times per week. Mostly it is only 4 times per year... that is so ineffective it is pointless. Or imagine if you are a teacher with 4 children with learning challenges in a classroom of 28 with no aid to support these children. These are not embellished stories, they are typical situations. If a parent wanted to help the public schools by providing an aid or additional supports for their child (paying for it themselves) they can not.
This ruling is extremely important to those of us who have children who need help. Children with special needs, learning disorders etc. need to have the same chances in life as all others. If the public system can not or will not provide adequate supports or educational environments, as the law requires, then parents must have other choices to pursue.
Mom of two
posted 3 years, 11 months ago
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