Letters to the Editor

Special-ed funding

The Federal Way school district should follow through with the lawsuit for special education if the state does not fully fund it (Oct. 6, “FWay in lawsuit against state”). I have two children in this district that are in special education. The district has to send my son to a private school in Shoreline to get the services he needs because they do not offer a deaf-ed program here at all, and he does signing. The one thing that I do not like about the special-education department within the school district is that my daughter is speech-delayed and they do not give her any services for that, except preschool. She is in obvious need for speech therapy, but they do not feel she is delayed enough. She is almost 4 years old, and the average person can’t understand most of what she says. Does a child have to be a mute before they provide the services needed?

I am having to look to outside resources to get my daughter the help she needs. If a child in this district has a behavior problem, then they will pay to put that child in a secluded classroom, but they won’t pay for speech therapy that a child needs in order to grow up and become a productive citizen in society. She is entitled to these services because she is delayed, but I guess the district does not have enough money.

The state needs to spend more money on special education instead of paying for all these new stadiums. Our children are our future, sports is not.

Donna Miller

Federal Way

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