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I have a son who is in special ed. kindergarten and is receiving great services. We may have to move to another state because of my husband's job. How do different states compare in sp. ed. services? I don't want to leave our present situation if I can't find equal or better services elsewhere. THANKS.

Answer from Pete Wright

During my consultations with parents and attorneys around the country, I've found that special ed problems are nearly always the same, even when one state is supposedly "better" than another. I've found that differences in quality within states is very high, just as it is in schools within the same jurisdiction.

If you are debating where to live, analyze the quality of programs at different public schools in the jurisdiction. Do not rely on the economic status of the neighborhood. Affluent school systems are sometimes very arrogant - and do not provide what they claim they provide. These districts often do a good job of marketing their program.

The real issue is whether or not a school focuses on teaching the children how to read, write, spell and do arithmetic - or if the school focuses on socialization, let's improve our self esteem and allow children to "discover" skills"at their own pace.

Other schools use modifications and accommodations, instead of teaching children the "basic skills" they need to learn. Our children need to learn the three "R's" to be successful.

Local parent groups in the area are usually your best source of information. Contact disabilities information groups and do research on the Internet for more specific information.

Pete

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