Cuomo Vetoes Bill on Placement of Special Education Students

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo vetoed a bill on Tuesday requiring public school officials to take into account the “home life and family background” of special education students when placing them in schools, a measure that would have given religious parents more power to demand that the public pay for private education.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo vetoed a bill on Tuesday requiring public school officials to take into account the “home life and family background” of special education students when placing them in schools, a measure that would have given religious parents more power to demand that the public pay for private education.

 

In a message accompanying the veto, Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, said the bill would have created “an overly broad and ambiguous mandate” to send more students to private schools, burdening taxpayers with “incalculable significant additional costs.”

 

Opponents of the measure, including the administration of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and many school board associations, had argued that it would force school districts to pay for far more students to attend religious schools.

 

via Cuomo Vetoes Bill on Placement of Special Education Students – NYTimes.com.

Jimmy Kilpatrick, a national recognized professional special education advocate since 1994.

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