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How much school choice should parents have?



StateImpact Florida has focused its attention lately on the fact that many of Florida's charter schools do not serve students with severe disabilities. Its stories have pointed out that schools deny access because they do not have services the students need, despite laws requiring the schools to provide equal access.

Parents and their advocates have complained that their choices are limited and their children are segregated. It wouldn't be tolerated if the same were happening to kids because of race or gender, they suggest. School officials meanwhile have indicated that they don't have the finances or staff to provide adequate and appropriate services to the students with such specific needs.

Should it be the school's responsibility to meet those needs, regardless of cost? Are parents asking too much of schools that don't have services to provide them, rather than going to a school that already has them available? If this were about a family asking to send their moderately intelligent student to a school that serves gifted students only, would it get the same reaction? Let's hear your thoughts.

[Last modified: Thursday, December 22, 2011 8:03am]


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