Family Offered $86,000 to Remove Autistic Student from School

Kristina Chew
September 10, 2013

Could a public school district be so set on ridding itself of a student with numerous challenges that it offers to pay a family to take him out of school?

21-year-old David Swanson is autistic and does not talk; he also has diabetes. His mother, Heather Houston, says that school officials have offered her $86,000 to take him out of the public schools in Yuba City in Northern California, to place him in a private school and to agree to drop her complaints against the school district and not file any in the future. The letter (according to ABC News) is unsigned and also calls for Houston to waive her son’s right to attend public schools.



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