Difficulty Dealing With Your School District?
Although this New York Times story discusses a special needs family in San Francisco, it will strike a chord with parents in New York going through the special education process. The story illustrates the tension between parents and school districts resulting from school districts needing to cut costs and parents wanting the full level of services that their special needs children require. Parents that I speak with frequently express these sentiments: "It's hard enough dealing with my child's diagnosis, but now we have the additional burden of fighting with the school district to worry about" or "It feels like the district is trying to make the process as difficult and expensive as possible to encourage parents to just give up." You will see these sentiments reflected in this article as well.
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