New York State School Boards Association

Statement of NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on S.7722-A / A.10722 dealing with Special Education Placements

FOR RELEASE:  July 31, 2012

CONTACT: David Albert
(518) 783-3716 or (518) 320-2221 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

School board members welcome the governor’s veto of 7722-A / A.10722-A.

The bill would have made a child’s cultural and family background a factor in special education placements, thereby promoting religious segregation in special education placements at taxpayer expense.  This result is contrary to the pluralistic values upon which our public education system was established.

Although we respect the personal choices that parents make to raise their children in accordance with their faith and culture, it would have been wrong to obligate taxpayers to pay for these private choices. 

We applaud the governor for vetoing this legislation.


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