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ERIC Number: EJ930047
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May-25
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Mass. for-Profit Helps Schools Trim Special Education Costs
Shah, Nirvi
Education Week, v30 n32 p1, 12-13 May 2011
This article reports on a private Massachusetts company that specializes in showing districts how to rethink the way they staff and deliver special education services. Futures Education is a private company that works with dozens of districts around the country on cutting special education costs. Futures Education may be hired simply to evaluate how a district's special education students are served, or it may go as far as providing therapists or aides and revamping how those services are delivered based on the company's evaluation. But despite many districts' current financial straits, even having a conversation about changing special education services can raise the hackles of any school administrator, teacher, aide, therapist, or parent. In some districts, the 13-year-old company has been greeted with an angry legion of parents and school employees protesting its arrival, or it has had to sue districts that wouldn't pay for the analyses it was hired to produce. In other districts, however, including the Everett schools, the company has made few waves and saved the district significant expense.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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