Special Education: The Pros and Cons of Public vs. Private School
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Parents and Professionals share their experiences and perspective on the pros and cons of Public School vs. Private School Education
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In today’s conversation, we’re discussing the topic of “Special Education: The Pros and Cons of Public vs. Private School.”
Many of our children have to attend BOTH public and private schools throughout their education. Knowing some of the pros or cons in advance may prove helpful.
One of the hardest decisions any parent can make is where to send their child to school. Having a special needs child makes the decision even more crucial, as you will have many issues that other parents may not have to think about. We have broken down the pros and cons of each option in the article.
However, we thought it would be essential to hear from both parents and professional in this podcast in order to gain insight from their experiences.
Who we are talking with…
Our first guest is Adriene Fern, a special-needs mom who wrote a personal essay in this issue about how raising a child with autism is like running a marathon, but a marathon she didn’t sign up for. Adriene and I also have a more in-depth conversation that we will share in next week’s podcast.
Nicole Bovell is a longtime advocate of the special education community and the author of “How to Have a Great School Year” and “The Journey of Special Education.” We spoke to her in Episode #16 about how to close out summer and ways to prepare for the coming new school year. Nicole shared some great tips and you can listen here.
Chantai Snellgrove, yes, I share how I wish someone could have provided this kind of guidance when my daughter was younger. I share our personal experience with both public and private schools.
Linda Allen, Founder of Make your Mark Learning Center, shares her experience as a tutor who tutors, works with, and mentors students from both public and private schools. She is also involved with the IEP process by working with her students that are receiving special education services.
“There’s a way to make it work in any setting
that works for both parent and student.”
Highlights of the Podcast:
- Know what programs and services are available
- Public School, Private School, Home Schooling are there other options?
- A major difference in services, supports, and accommodations
- Who gets a bad rap most often?
- Pay attention to the details and surroundings in the school setting that may have an impact on your child’s learning?
“Remember: The public schools are required by law to follow the law.”
More Parents Perspectives: Public vs. Private:
The Lee’s, an intercultural family with two special needs children living with Autism and Anxiety in Ann Arbor, Michigan, share their experience.
Our 12-year-old attended a public head start program at age four. Her teacher was able to “reach” her and even had her ahead of her class when she started kindergarten. However…
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