Cuomo to veto special education bill


Gov. Andrew Cuomo will veto a bill that would have required schools to consider the “home environment and family background” of special-needs students when placing them, the governor’s office confirmed Tuesday.

School groups had been highly critical of the legislation, claiming it amounted to an unfunded mandate that would have led to a jump in students attending private schools on the public’s dime.

The governor will veto the bill by a Wednesday deadline, according to Cuomo administration officials.

Certain students can qualify for tuition reimbursement from school districts if public schools cannot provide the special education services a student needs. The bill would require schools to consider new criteria when placing special-needs students, specifically the differences between “the school environment” and the student’s “home environment and family background.”

Jay Worona, general counsel for the state School Boards Association, said last week that he believes the language encourages students to attend “religiously segregated” schools.

While the bill does not specifically refer to religion, critics have argued the wording is too broad. The strongest backers of the legislation are Jewish and Catholic groups.

Worona said the bill would give parents the impression that they would probably qualify for tuition reimbursement. “So parents who may not have otherwise sought that remedy will do so,” he said.

But a spokesman for one of the bill’s supporters, the state Catholic Conference, said last week the legislation would strengthen existing state and federal law. James Cultara, education director, said the bill would ensure administrators determine “the most appropriate setting” for students.

Cuomo faces a Wednesday deadline to act on the education bill and 106 others. He signed several in recent days, including a new law requiring parental consent for minors to receive body piercings.


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    Why if it will become a “…. requirement for schools to consider the “home environment and family background” of special-needs students when placing them…. ” ! What may happen? Scared that the TRUE ENVIRONMENT THAT WAS STAGED ON JERRY SPRINGER SHOW will come out in the OPEN ? AND, the False PRETEXTS of Double Japordy of The School Districts fake will come out?

    Above all! The Truth will be revealing what’s ” actually going on in Families of almost ever second Household?….It ok! If We were b@#$%@&s by mistake here and their! That is comprehensible; but if it becomes a norm of a Civilised Christian, Muslim or Jew Society … there is certainty a problem!

    It’s a matter that can ( no offence ) impact Our National Survival! How? Well! Here is how:
    THE PREMISE: …. to respect or to have respect to a background it is imperative for anyone ( with or without a Birth Certificate ) to ( least ) have a background of oneself first! And, in a Society that is constructed on ” production turning into a Birth Rate Majority in a few Communities” and ” children being raised without and with absense of “REAL PARENTS” the CIVILISED SOCIETY is deliberately converted into a norm of illegitimatcy….as normal! A Society where ( in reality ) there are no ACTUAL PARENTS but strangers who ( are raising strangers kids) .!

    This is a very detailed study based on the same concepts of ” intelligence by observations” it requires real fast accuracy and information! …. And, anyone who has the ablities can learn by paying attention to details and comprehending the way WHY PEOPLE BEHAVE THEY WAY THEY BEHAVE IN WHAT THEY ARE PROUD OF AND CALL THEMSELVES COMMUNITES!

    The New Dimensions of Intelligence requires not to FOCUS on what A May have done to B ( for example) but THE 21st CENTURY’S Intelligence Agencies need to NOT ONLY FACT FIND but look deeper into the FOUND FACT FIND that WHY DID A BEHAVED AND ACTED IN A MANNER TOWARDS B AND WHAT WERE THE REASONS FOR IT!

    This approach will OPEN the Eyes of Study of Criminalogy to a new perspective!

    So! Is the Truth going to be unbearable!… and the expose scares many! Right ?

    But! The People in.Norway are laughing!

    HABIBHASAN-An American Storyteller.

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