Thursday, April 30, 2009
Some Good News, Close to Home
Recently I asked for some good news to share with Special Needs '08 readers. Today I found some good news right my own county. According to an article in our local Gazette, Montgomery County Public Schools will spend more than one-third of its $15.3 million in federal stimulus to add teachers and support staff for 16,000 special-needs students, including fifth-grader Ray (see photo).
"For the next two school years, President Barack Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will bring the federal government's support for special education to its highest level ever in Maryland and Montgomery County, according to county and state records. But amid budget shortfalls and an explosion of autistic students, the stimulus largely replenishes job cuts and restores what was going to be the county's flattest increase in special education in several years."
So what's YOUR good news?