Fenty Outlines Plans to Cut Special-Ed Costs and Return Students to Public Schools

July 2, 2010  |  

(Washington Post) — The administration of D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, seeking to whittle the annual $280 million cost of sending special education students to private schools, said Thursday that it will study several options to return as many as possible to the city’s public schools.

The options, which officials said they will present to parents in meetings over the next few weeks, include forming public-private partnerships to build new facilities, co-locating “schools within schools” in joint ventures with private operators, expanding special education services in neighborhood schools by establishing separate classes for students who need full-time services, modernizing the city’s special education schools and retraining staff, and offering scholarship-type grants so parents can buy special education services on the open market.

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