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May 10, 2012


Regina Geesey

This is a difficult financial versus education quality decision that does not have the needs of students with disabilities best interest at its core. Escalating costs that districts absorb due to lack of federal and state funding with the students squarely in the middle of the dilemma. When districts are unable to provide special education programming and students need to receive those services at off campus locations, not only is the cost of the student's education higher but with transporation costs it becomes nearly impossible to maintain a reasonable budget for students with disabilities. We have lost sight of "Benefit Maximization" principles. In these extremely challenging financial times and the overabundance regulations as well as the litigious nature of society, districts struggle to provide quality special education services for their students while balancing their fiduciary responsibilities to the public.

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