by Grace aka costofcollege
The Special-Education Charade
Individualized Education Programs, or IEPs, are one of the greatest pitfalls of the country’s school system.
This article was written by a mother who believes she is in special education “hell”, where federal laws meant to serve her child have failed. Some Totebag parents have shared similar stories and others have suggested that parents expect too much these days.
In this case, “charade” may have different meanings depending on how individualized our public schools can afford to be and what your personal experience has been. This article drew over 1,000 comments, including this one that was rated the most popular.
… As I read the story, the solution to the situation was obvious, and you found it at the end: more money; a lot of it. You are now spending $33k (not including transportation costs either, I’m sure) at a private school.
The U.S. pays a lot (compared to most other countries) in taxes for public schools, but not anywhere approaching $33k per kid. Nor are we going to get anywhere close to that in the current political environment (in fact, the trend is going the other way).
So beyond doubling/tripling the money we’re spending to properly be prepared for 5-15 kids in a 25-35 person classroom who go ” ballistic if he (thinks) some rule inconsistently enforced”, need individualized printouts, individualized instruction, monitoring of medication, etc, what is the solution? And how was it better before the ADA et al?