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Published: Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:05 a.m. MDT

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west jordan, UT

I believe our common sense has gone out the window when it comes to educating special needs. My friends' child is severely handicapped. She will never speak, walk or 'contribute' to mainstream society. Her district picks her up at her home and busses her over 70 blocks to the school. She attends class all day and is bussed back to her home. There is a 4:1 student/teacher ratio. She is gone longer than a traditional student. She has summer school which does the same thing on a shortened time frame. If education is to produce our next generation of 'workers', why are we spending probably 10 times the amount of money vs. an 'average' student to educate someone who will never improve or benefit from this 'education'? It's glorified babysitting except the parents don't even have the responsibility of getting them there. There needs to be much more critical criteria that determines who gets these benefits. Some special needs children benefit, many do not, nor ever will. Move these children under the social services umbrella. Provide reduced cost special needs day care but do not call it an education and take money away from our school districts.

Salt Lake City, UT

Most of the special ed funding comes from the federal government. Once again, "your tax dollars at work." With over 32 years in the public school system, I can tell you that vast amounts of money and resources are put into schooling and supervision for students who will never become productive members of society. I believe these students can make some progress, and they should receive reasonable services. However, it is done at the expense of the middle and higher students who will actually become the movers and shakers of the next generation. I have always felt that our more able students are as deserving of school resources as our struggling and intellectually disabled students.

With teachers' pay now being tied to test scores (and the disabled students' scores are lumped in with the rest, lowering the overall class averages), the unfairness of the entire system will only be amplified.

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