EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

Opinion

July 8, 2013

Letter: To understand issue of special needs students, get to know one

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In Haverhill, 18 special needs students moved to the city since August. Criticism of Superintendent James Scully implies he should have psychic powers to budget for children he had no way of knowing would be in the school system.

To me, this many special needs students entering Haverhill schools is a testament to the job Scully and his department have done for special needs education.

If this budget overrun were for teachers, supplies and other needed expenses, there would not be such ignorant comments floating around. Any budget overrun is hard to fix, but — as the Eagle-Tribune article stated — the School Department will get back two-thirds of the budget overrun from the state because it is for special education expenses.

Before you dismiss “special needs children” as a nebulous group of unteachable drains on taxpayers get to know one. I guarantee your life will be the better for it, and you will never be the same.

Nora Lyons Sauter

Haverhill

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