Monday, October 27, 2008
We've discussed in the past many Catholic schools' selectivity when it comes to accepting students with disabilities. I don't know the exact statistics, but I have to assume the ability to exclude kids with special needs (an option not available to public schools) is one of the reasons that, as John wrote in his recent post , "many private schools spend far less on their students than do public schools with much better results." It's clearly more expensive to educate kids with special needs -- that's typically the reason many Catholic schools give for not accepting them -- and they tend not to deliver the same sorts of measurable "results" as "typical" kids. Are the parochial schools in inner city Chicago more welcoming of kids with disabilities, too? I hope so!