Recently Hudson City
Schools officials released data regarding the rate of use of, and costs of providing special education services. At the same time they, themselves, expressed concerns for the skyrocketing costs of special education services in Hudson Schools. Figures were compared with other relatively affluent districts in northern Summit County, but did not include data comparing Hudson to struggling districts such as Akron or Cleveland. The figures for Hudson, relative to other districts, are so radically out of proportion that I can only suspect one of the following: 1) There is something horribly wrong with Hudson water; 2) Hudson has an incredibly disadvantaged gene pool; 3) the programs are criminally mismanaged; or 4) parents are taking advantage of the system in order to obtain special privileges for their precious offspring.
In the absence of data supporting causes 1 through 3, I am most inclined to choose number 4. It is so ironic that a conservative community, self-reliant folks, who voted overwhelmingly for the party hell bent on repealing Obamacare, is so profoundly adept at stealth "taking" from the education system. If these numbers, especially the extraordinary change in just a few years, were characteristic of the Akron or Cleveland schools, there would be great indignation, beating of breasts, public outcries and complaints of the 47 percent who are "takers."
With all due respect to those children who are truly deserving of special programs, I believe the education system has run amok in Hudson. I feel like Sen. John McCain -- angrier by the day.
Carl J. Kotheimer, Hudson