In her first policy speech of the presidential campaign, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin vowed Oct. 25 that a McCain administration would allow all special-needs students the choice of attending private schools at public expense--a controversial and potentially costly proposal likely to be welcomed by many parents and bitterly opposed by many school districts, reports the New York Times. Palin, the Republican nominee for vice president, also promised that she and Sen. John McCain would finally give public schools the federal money that was promised when the law covering students with special needs was passed in 1975. Her pledge was intended


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