Education: Addressing Rising Costs

5-year-old Dylan Randall could not speak, stand, or taste food. Since his public school could not provide him with the daily therapy he required, his parents pushed for New York City to pay for his tuition at a private school for disabled children. Just after being cleared to attend a private school, Dylan went into cardiac arrest and died. NYC now spends $200 million a year on private schooling, which led to a harsher special-education legal team that has increasingly denied requests. In response to stories like Dylan’s, Mayor Bill de Blasio is making changes to streamline the process for families who seek private schooling at public expense.

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