“But private schools can’t meet the needs of all students!” We’ve often heard this claim put forward by status quo advocates at school choice hearings before the state legislature.
That statement is concerning on many levels, but the assumption that public schools are somehow meeting the needs of all students is particularly troubling. For one thing, it’s an assumption that can only be made through ignorance of graduation rates, the achievement gap, and college entrance exam scores from public schools across the state.
Is Beaufort School District meeting the needs of all students?
Not according to the State Department of Education. In fact, the district has apparently been violating federal rules about the treatment of disabled children. According to investigators from the State Department of Education, special needs students who were suspended from school for more than ten days have not been receiving required special education…
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