Disability news, Accessibility Issues, Disability Issues, Accessiblity News

Millionaire takes special ed plea to high court

September 30th, 2007

From the Associated Press, a story about the dispute between former Viacom CEO Tom Freston and the city of New York about whether taxpayers should have to foot the bill for addressing his son’s learning disabilities at an expensive private school. The Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case Monday.

The issue before the Supreme Court has nothing to do with the family’s wealth, or the morality of a millionaire asking a cash-strapped school district for help with an ivy league-sized tuition bill.

Instead, New York City is arguing a technicality. It says that, under federal law, special education tuition aid is only available to children who actually enroll in public schools – not to lifelong private-schoolers who have never used the public system.

… “The danger of making parents try out the school district’s program first, even if it’s not an appropriate program, is that students who need early intervention waste critical time,” said Gary Mayerson, a lawyer who works with the group Autism Speaks.

The resolution of the case could have broad implications for school budgets and the movement toward full inclusion of children with disabilities in regular classrooms, says the Wall Street Journal. (Subscription required.)

Oh, and by the way: the New York Post points out that Freston got an $85 million severance deal last year.

One Response to “Millionaire takes special ed plea to high court”

  1. Tom Says:

    I have no problem with the city of New York paying for an education for Mr. Freston’s child. I have no problem with the city of New York paying for a hugely expensive private school for Mr. Freston’s child… IF that is the only place where Mr. Freston’s child can get an appropriate education. But somehow I doubt that there is not a cheaper provider of services. Parents have every right to demand that there child be given the appropriate services for their child. But they don’t have the right to demand that they be given the most expensive education available just because they are wealthy.

Leave a Reply

Comment

Please copy the string TX5IPP to the field below:

 
`

About the Site

More than 50 million people in the United States have disabilities, a number that is growing rapidly as the population ages. Experts say disability will soon affect the lives of most Americans. This website attempts to aggregate news and commentary about disability, and to document the efforts of people who are seeking new ways to address familiar challenges.

Join journalist Patricia E. Bauer as she seeks to bring you the best information about what's happening now and what it may mean for you and your loved ones.

Read More »

Search

Categories

Read More »

Not2BeMissed

Read More »

Entertainment

Read More »

School Restraints

Read More »

Prenatal Diagnosis

Read More »

Obama Administration

Read More »

My Articles & Essays

Read More »

FAQs

 

Headlines

Read More »

News2Use

Read More »

Mailing List

Sign up for our mailing list!





RSS Our RSS Feed



Archives
  • November 2010
  • October 2010
  • September 2010
  • August 2010
  • July 2010
  • June 2010
  • May 2010
  • April 2010
  • March 2010
  • February 2010
  • January 2010
  • December 2009
  • November 2009
  • October 2009
  • September 2009
  • August 2009
  • July 2009
  • June 2009
  • May 2009
  • April 2009
  • March 2009
  • February 2009
  • January 2009
  • December 2008
  • November 2008
  • October 2008
  • September 2008
  • August 2008
  • July 2008
  • June 2008
  • May 2008
  • April 2008
  • March 2008
  • February 2008
  • January 2008
  • December 2007
  • November 2007
  • October 2007
  • September 2007
  • August 2007
  • July 2007
  • June 2007
  • May 2007