A Government decision to make special needs units in schools
optional is facing legal action.
The decision makes way
for schools to choose whether or not to keep special units
An Auckland meeting of about 20 parents and
teachers, organised by Quality Public Education Coalition
[QPEC], an educational lobby group, has decided to seek a
High Court review of the Government policy.
the Government policy has breached the Education
Inspite of extra $1 billion spend up announced by
Education Minister Nick Smith last week, which would be drip
fed over three years, QPEC states most schools will struggle
to maintain their special units. Due to tight budgeting.
schools will decide to place special needs students within
the mainstream classrooms.
QPEC says this will neither
benefit the special needs children nor those in the
Ministry of Education will not
comment on the legal
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