23 Jun Equality for Students or Undermining of Public Education?
Recently, the Supreme Court decided that students with special needs may be reimbursed for educational programs outside of the public programs available in their district if their needs are not being served. The court ruled in a 6-3 decision in favor of an Oregon boy who was attending private school at a monthly cost of $5,200 per month, but whose school district did not provide special services for students with ADHD.
“Federal law calls for school districts to reimburse students or their families for education costs when public schools do not have services that address or fulfill the students’ needs. But schools have argued that the law says parents of special education students must give public special education programs a chance before seeking reimbursement for private school tuition.” Jesse J Holland – Associated Press
As a teacher, I worry about the impact of this ruling upon the sustainability of our public schools if tax payer dollars could potentially funnel into private institutions.
But as a parent, I say “”Bout time!”
I have long questioned the current public schooling model and its lack of diversity of opportunity and services for the wide range of varying abilities that cross our threshold each year. I think many could agree that while we may educate the masses to the best of our abilities with the funds and time provided, that we rarely focus on our students as individuals, recognizing their unique abilities and developing their talents.
Perhaps this ruling is the wake up call that our mediocre public school system needs in order to take our instruction and district planning to the next level.