WESTHAMPTON BEACH, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A Westhampton Beach student wants to continue to be mainstreamed and remain with his friends, sibling and classmates, but school policy has been to bus such children to districts with experienced, talented special education teachers.
As CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan reported, some think it is a better chance for a stellar education, while others call it discrimination.
School starts Wednesday for Aiden Killoran, 12, who has Down syndrome. But his district said it is not equipped to educate him.
Killoran graduated in June from his local elementary school, and is now eager to begin the seventh grade. His family assumed he would continue on – mainstreamed from other classmates – to Westhampton Beach Middle School.