Friday, March 22nd, 2013
Goodness knows there’s plenty of waste in large scale budgets, but as I’ve been hearing from teachers and specialists I know, these sequester-mitigated cuts are going to hurt kids with disabilities. Districts will have to do more with less. This has already been the trend over the past handful of years. These new cuts will be felt deeply.
Localities are obligated by law to provide services to special education students, however the law is vague about the quality and amount of services. Special needs kids may receive less speech therapy or be crammed into crowded, unsafe classrooms, as a result of these cuts. These cuts could also have more subtle consequences: School districts could be reluctant to classify kids with less severe disabilities if they foresee cuts for these programs.