Thursday, April 15, 2010

Understanding Special Education And Its Heavy Toll

It is a process fraught with emotion.

Parents want what's best for their children. Local school officials have to consider the taxpayers' limited resources.

In school districts across Fairfield County, the decisions made by a pupil's Planning and Placement Team on what special education services to provide are increasingly being challenged by parents, and legal bills on both sides are mounting.

"This is difficult stuff because it is so expensive to a school district and so important to a parent,'' said Thomas Murphy, spokesman for the state Department of Education. "It's a clash of the titans," he said.

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