Originally Posted by GrendelQ
There are many, many good arguments for sending kids to some of the schools for the deaf out there we've talked about, but cost savings is not one. And it's not an argument you want to pose: sending a child to a school for the deaf costs your school district anywhere from 4 to 8 times what accommodations in a mainstream or inclusion environment can cost.
Argue for it, yes, but I think it's stronger to do so on the basis of providing equal access to education, teaching tailored to deaf learners.
Well, don't you realize how many deaf students go to deaf schools? It's cheaper than paying an interpreter at a mainstream school for one deaf student (6 hours/day X 5 days/week) everywhere. The taxpayers also pay for his/her teachers who earn about $25-30 per hour. The teachers of the Deaf earn the same but no interpreters are needed at deaf schools.
I understand your point about equal access to deaf students who want to go to mainstream schools but I, as a taxpayer rather want my tax money going to deaf schools, not those interpreters at the mainstream schools. IMO, it's a waste of money.