Poconoeagle wrote:Richard S. wrote:Yanche wrote: slightly more that $49 million is spent on approximately 162 special ed students.
So about $330K per student? Does it really make sense to spend huge sums of money on kids that most likely will ever have any meaningful contribution to society? Don't get me wrong here, I'm not suggesting we kick them to the curb but it's just not right to be spending the most money on the students that will be the least productive in society.
I wonder and agree there also.... thats just insane.... History dictates a different story and many a "special" person has made a wonderful contribution to the world without wearing a golden fleece..... they did it on their own merits and determination
Yes, as you point out it's insane. Especially when you talk privately to officials about the value and they point out that many will likely never be a productive citizen. But it's the "no child left behind" mandate that forces them to spend. Especially upsetting is when you find parents shop the school districts and move residency to a state/county/town/school district that gives the most special ed services. It begs the question what would you do if it's your child with special needs?