George Jepsen

Parents Of Special Needs Children Join Appeal Of Education Funding Decision

Parents Of Special Needs Children Join Appeal Of Education Funding Decision

Parents and advocates have joined in the state's appeal of a judge's ruling striking down Connecticut's school-funding formula, seizing on language that described some children with profound developmental disabilities as possibly incapable of learning and unworthy of local education dollars.

"These were the arguments of the 1940s and 1950s, when they wanted to keep children in institutions," said Shira Wakschlag, the lead lawyer for The Arc in Washington, D.C.

"Not only does it violate federal law, it flies in the face of research that says that even children who do not look like they are learning are taking in information," Wakschlag said.

Her...

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