You can read it here.
The Plain Dealer has this breakdown of the Ohio budget, which Strickland must sign by midnight Saturday night, per the Enquirer article.
For the record, I don’t get it.
The funding for services for kids on IEPs typically comes from the federal government, yes? So the $160 million – is that federal money? Are we allowed to transfer that to private schools? Will this provision be able to be challenged?
And I wish people who keep talking about teachers unions would stop. You are jaded. This isn’t about that. I mean, maybe it is – but it’s about far more.
Service provision to high needs kids, whether gifted or special ed, has to be done a scale of economy. And moving 3% of kids on IEPs across how many schools is going to completely undermine the ability to serve these children.
Will it ease the parents’ pocketbook? Maybe in the extreme short-term.
But I have yet to read a single article about how this will actually work or help. And I’ve already linked to studies that say it won’t.
I’ve been involved in the education of kids and parents of kids with special needs for over eight years. And I’m telling you, this special ed voucher program has very real problems if your interest is in the kids.
If your interest is anywhere else, then you’re just using the kids. Talk about insult on injury.