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Author: Thetis Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 413  
Subject: Re: Sophie's Choice Date: 4/3/2009 12:09 PM
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Thanks for your interest. We went and talked to the financial aid people at the private school. The guy was very sympathetic and after reviewing our documents said he would recommend additional funds. We got the letter yesterday. They increase the grant by $7500. Still painful but we can swing it for another year.

OTOH, we got a letter on the youngest saying she was number 125 on the waiting list for the good-bad school. Still think this will be "fixed" but we have since learned they closed another "really" bad school and a lot of those kids will be going to the good-bad school. Confused yet?

"...and the thing is, even well-funded schools in well-to-do areas can be absolutely HORRIBLE in regards to services for kids that need special education.."

No kidding. The "well-funded schools" in county just spent the last three years in federal litigation trying to deny services to ASD kids. I represented a special-ed teacher in that system who took care of severely disabled kids that was scared to death of losing her job (30 years experience) for daring to suggest to a parent that they needed another aid in the class -(the school *was* short). They're generally *too* good with the paperwork so it's virtually impossible to get concessions or catch them in a legal mistake. It's their way or the highway.

The City provides our daughter with a full time instructional assistant as well as speech, OT etc. all excellent. No way we would get that in the county. They would probably force her into a self-contained class or keep suspending her if she did something "disruptive".

In our experience, success or failure is all about having a "good fit". The teachers and administration either "get it" or they don't and nothing can change that.

Regards. Thetis.
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