This interesting op-ed appeared in today's Seattle Times. I didn't know but apparently the IDEA regulation for special ed to be provided to kids in both public and private schools did not extend to religious private schools. And, Superintendent Dorn is set to change that and will have a public hearing for comments on it.
I don't want to see anything to bring religion into public school classrooms but this is giving a service to a student who needs it. For me, if we pay for services for kids in a secular private classroom, we should pay for students in a religious classroom. (And this becomes a bit more complicated because the Supreme Court recently ruled that a student does not have to enroll in public school first before choosing to move to a private school where the services have to be paid for by the school district.)
However, I did read the Comments section and agreed with this:
"I find it ironic that those who discriminate, like not hiring qualified teachers because they don't have certain religious beliefs, are crying about discrimination. "
And there is truth to that both in the teachers a private school may hire and the students they may enroll. ALL private schools, secular or religious, can to pick and choose who to enroll and what services they will or will not offer. Public schools take all comers.