I read the State Urinal article but, frankly, was horrified by the comments. Private schools work for certain "special needs" students but not the vast majority. Public schools, at least in Madison, provide pretty well for "special needs" students, but they have also been squeezed by years of budget cuts. One of my sons IS a special needs student and we watched the cuts, year after year, and fought them for the most part. The bottom line is it's a crapshoot. If you get good staff that is skilled, AND you advocate for your child, you can manage pretty well in the MMSD. The same thing happens in a private school, although you might not get staff that understands some types of disabilities. The GOOD news is that students with disabilities can go to college and work and lead very productive lives. They have to work hard, but so do their peers. They have many of the same challenges as their peers, and have to develop different ways of meeting those challenges. A lot of "special needs" families do jump between public and private schools, but in my experience, so do many typical families. Our son is getting his degree to be a math teacher, and so far, he's on the Dean's List academically. Some of his disabled peers are right there with him, and some aren't as academically inclined, but the bottom line is don't judge a book by it's cover- no matter what side of this argument you side with, the lives of these kids are much more important than the politics. I'd love to see some of the WSJ commenters spend a day with my son and his peers in college. I think they'd shut the hell up real fast!