School districts should not have to go to drastic measures just to meet bare minimum needs. The focus should be on closing the achievement gap, graduating college and career-ready students and attacking the nation's dropout epidemic.
If charter schools really do so well with educating children with special needs, does it not make sense for many more children with autism and other developmental disabilities to attend these schools? Why aren't the charter schools clamoring for more?
Rather than sending a whole demolition crew to destroy a community center, a library, a school or a soup kitchen, we can utilize the sophisticated and precise locating systems on these machines to level whole neighborhoods while ensuring that our more affluent areas are spared.