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Unfair To Single Out MDS
Tue, 06/22/2010 - 20:00

As a parent of a special-needs child, I totally sympathize with the Samuels’ situation. (June 11) However, the fact that Manhattan Day School (MDS) is singled out is, in my opinion, unfair and completely unjust.

The demand for special-education classes is highly skewed compared to the supply. MDS is one of the very few schools willing to deal with the situation. Most Jewish day schools won’t.

I once paid a $400 application fee and received in return nothing more than one single solitary rejection call: if the school feels the applicant isn’t a good fit, they don’t even grant an interview.

May I suggest, therefore, that rather than fighting with MDS, considering various options, moving on and looking for another school would be time well spent.



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The parents are looking for an inclusion class not a special needs class. MDS should have at least interviewed Caily and tried her out in a 2 year old class. Given the resources of a school liek MDS and that she will come with an assistant the request is fair and MDS response is wrong.