I applaud the state Supreme Court for rejecting the special education spending lawsuit filed against the state (TNT, 12-10). I am a parent of a special education student who attended school within the Puyallup School District – one of the many schools that jumped on this lawsuit bandwagon.
No matter how much money these district get for special education it will not go to educate a special education student to their full potential. The Individuals Disability Education Act only requires a district to provide the basic or bare minimum of accessibility to an education.
Keep in mind that since this coalition filed suit against the state, Puyallup superintendent Tony Apostle has received a 21 percent raise to $214,447, plus benefits. Additionally, this district is severely top heavy and continues to create overpaid administrative positions that deplete district funds.
These districts, especially Puyallup, have a record of misuse of funds and should not be awarded anything until they can prove they use their existing funds appropriately.