Monday, December 03, 2012

DC paid $3M for 47 non-resident special education students

According to an OSSE audit the District paid roughly $3 million to educate 47 special education students who were not legal residents of the District.

The District spent about $3 million to send 47 special education students who were not D.C. residents to private schools last year, school officials told The Washington Examiner. 
The students faked D.C. addresses to take advantage of a federal law requiring the city to pay the private-school tuition of any student the city can't educate in its public schools. Although the law applies nationwide, D.C.'s troubled special education system means students are shipped out of the public schools at about six times the national rate. 
Between tuition and transportation -- school buses transport students to Baltimore and farther -- the average cost per student is $65,000 per year.

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