Jeffco school becomes model for teaching kids with autism - The Denver Post

Jeffco school becomes model for teaching kids with autism - The Denver Post

Autism fund pays despite concerns

This is a very interesting article outlining the problems with the Ohio Autism Scholarship. The writer notes that many school districts have been complaining for years about the lack of oversight and credentials required for providers. It's an interesting device that offers choice to parents about schooling, but it does so in a way that never really made sense to me. The district and family must agree on an IEP so that the family can access the scholarship funds for a private provider. The private provider then must submit progress reports--but it doesn't appear to be directly responsible for meeting the requirements of the IEP agreed upon by the family and the district. As the use of the scholarship has increased exponentially in the last few years, the problems have of course increased as well. In addition, as the article points out, there is an inequity in the ability to use the money since families in urban areas have more choice of providers than those in rural areas. In addition, families with more financial resources can supplement the scholarship money for private providers that cost more than $20,000to $30,000 more than the scholarship provides while other families must provide services with the amount provided by the scholarship only.

Autism fund pays despite concerns

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