How can school boards, or local/state/federal government afford to meet the needs of special needs students?

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May 25, 2019 / By Lakisha
Question: OK so I was watching Autism The Musical and one of the mothers was demanding funding for her son's behavioral therapy from some kind of organization. I didn't really understand completely. But it seemed like it was very expensive. And I wondered how there could ever be enough funding to provide all the therapy, education, and whatever other things needed to fully support the developmental needs of all "special needs" students... Not that I'm against them receiving funding, I just got to thinking that developmental disorders and mental retardation are pretty common, autism occurs in 1 in every 166 children.. So how in the world can there be enough funds to facilitate a good education for them... Since they require more resources... I don't know... any opinions?..
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Jennica Jennica | 1 day ago
You ask a valid question and one that many other parents don't ask themselves often enough. I have a son with autism, have worked as an advocate for families undergoing the IEP process and as an advocate for autism research and funding. The truth of the matter is, that very few school systems have the funding they need for special ed..period. Many families feel that the schools use budgetary reasons as a cop out from providing services..and that can happen, make no doubt about it. However, more often than not, it is an honest answer. The cost of educating a child with special needs severe enough to require specialized classroom placement is generally double that of educating a "normal" student in a traditional classroom. Therpies such as behavioral modification, sensory integration, trained floor time providers and others commonly used with kids on the spectrum are incredably costly and often schools must choose between spending $6,000 to serve 10 students or to use that money to pay for other services that may benefit 30 or 40. Parents often feel the schools should provide every therapy recommended, have specialists from every field at their disposal and have the tech support ready to go for anything. While these parents are doing what they should..advocating for the best education for thier child...it is easy for them to forget that just like you and I only have so much money in our home budgets, the schools do not have bottomless funding. All classrooms are suffering..special ed, traditional classrooms, the arts...from this issue and there is only one way for the schools to get more money...higher taxes. While America demands our kids become more competitive in the global educational community, we ofter forget or are unaware that as a country, the US has one of the lowest income tax rates in the world, especially when compared to countries like Japan and Switzerland. These two countries are often seen as the example we want to match educationally, but income taxes there are often close to 40% and parents often pay fees for kids to go to public schools on top of that. If we want to compete, America as a whole needs to stop demanding lower taxes as well as look for other ways to supplement the school budgets. Get involved with your PTA..help with fundraising. More schools need to look at the idea of corporate sponserships for things like computers, basic office supplies, etc. Schools in districts without large property tax income (as most school departments are funded by property taxes...hence why inner city areas where there are lower rates of home ownership and lower values get less money than suburban schools where most people own homes with higher market values) need to look at other ways to fund...VA uses the majority of the revenue from the lottery towards education. Increased taxes on smoking and alcahol have been suggested in other areas. It is going to take a lot of creativity and a lot of work to get people to understand where the money for public schools come from to get the system fixed..but it can be done.
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