Districts can reduce special education funding without risking the loss of federal funds, the U.S. Department of Education declared this week.
“Smart and gutsy,” writes Rick Hess. Also sensible.
A district which provides special education services more cost-effectively has long been threatened with losing their federal aid unless they keep on spending at the same rate.
At a time when “districts are being asked to make tough choices about services for all other students,” it’s unfair to exempt special-ed funding from scrutiny, Hess argues.