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Anger Over Public Funds for Boarding School

March 09, 1989

This is in response to the article (Jan. 26) written by Jesse Katz on the use of public funds to send a dyslexic girl to an expensive boarding school in Massachusetts. In that article, he also mentioned my frustrating situation in not being able to get adequate services for my learning-disabled child.

My hat is off to Katz for bringing this to the public eye. The public has a right to know where its tax dollars are going.

I find myself very angry at this outrageous injustice. Here I am, with a beautiful child with medical needs, whom I love as much as any parent with money, and I can't get him the help he needs. It seems if you have money and position, you not only can get help, but you can get somebody else to pay for it.

Further, I cannot believe that their child could not have been well-served within Ventura County.

But the thing that bothers me the most, besides the obvious abuse of the system and the belief that at least a dozen children could have gotten services for what is being spent on only one child, is how anyone can truly believe that it is in the best interest of the child to be sent to the opposite end of the country, away from her parents.

JUDITH A. DUKE

Ventura

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