Why do certain students require an aide to accompany them? Isn’t it really expensive? My son tells me there are some special-needs students who do absolutely nothing – no school work, yet we’re spending huge amounts of money on political correctness and mainstreaming.

Written by on December 3, 2018

A.  Students with disabilities have the right to a free and appropriate education, just like your son. This is what is best for students AND required by federal and state laws. In order to have meaningful participation in school, some students require a high level of support. We constantly monitor and evaluate services for our students with disabilities and make decisions for their education through a comprehensive process that is facilitated by the Committee on Special Education (CSE). The CSE determines the services that are appropriate for each student to access and participate in school. While it may appear that some students are not “doing” anything, they are in fact learning academics and social skills which will foster their long term success and participation in society. Our goal as an educational institution is to provide opportunities for all students to access their potential and leave with the skills necessary to be productive members of society. If you would like to learn more about why students with disabilities should be included watch the Willowbrook documentary.