The real story, which should outrage taxpayers, lies in the public policy which created this situation.
Ms. Lempert states that, "Public schools, according to federal law, must provide an equal and appropriate education for each child, no matter what the physical, social or mental disability." She then says, "Four years ago, I reported that the cost to educate a non-special education student in the San Mateo Union High School District was $9,000 per year. But the cost for some special education students ran as high as $110,000 a year."
I have empathy for parents of children with anxiety disorder, learning disability, and other issues. However, I suggest that equal funding per student should be public policy. Anything beyond that is charity, and not the proper role of government. If the schools cannot accommodate these special children with normal funding, they should either pay the family the amount expended for mainlined students or require the family to provide the added funding to accommodate their children in the system.