Medford, Ore. —
Maisey Yates opened her mailbox Wednesday to find a letter from the Medford School District explaining that her Autistic son would no longer get the in-class speech therapy he needed.
The reason: no more money.
Yates’ 11-year-old son Kian is one of 35 special education children who attend private schools within Medford’s School District boundaries.
According to Tania Tong, Director of Special Education and Student Services for the Medford School District, MSD is required to fund special education programs for those students— up to an amount determined by the Oregon Department of Education.
That amount was about $50,000 for the 2018-2019 school year.
“It’s called a proportionate share,” said Tong. “In October of every year, we look at not only the children who