|Posted by Sonia on August 10, 2012 at 1:05 PM|
ALBANY — Gov. Cuomo Tuesday plans to veto a controversial special education bill that critics charged would have made it easier for parents to send their children to private or religious schools at taxpayer expense, a source confirmed Monday.
The legislation, which was approved with bipartisan support by the Senate and Assembly earlier this year, would have required public schools to consider “home environment and family background” when deciding whether to place a special-needs child in a private school.
School officials and Mayor Bloomberg vigorously opposed the measure, arguing it was too broad and would have racked up millions of dollars in extra costs.
Catholic and Orthodox Jewish groups lobbied heavily on behalf of the bill, claiming that some children are best served by learning in environments that closely resemble their home lives.