today’s news and information gleanings from here and there!
Quote for today… “The hospital turned it over to a collection agency after a year of haggling and I ended up paying $30,000 (my IRA). The only reason they didn’t get anymore is because I have zero assets – no house, no car, etc.” – Salome, a Virginia commenter to this New York Times article (New Jersey Hospital has highest billing rates in the nation.) after paying on a $220,000 hospital stay for heart surgery.
- “In the Columbia Borough School District, special education students declined from 383 to 314 over the 12-year period studied; but costs rose from $1.5 million to $4.1 million, and special education spending as a percentage of the overall budget rose from 13.1 percent to 20.1 percent. ‘It’s always a hot topic, people saying the reason we’re having money issues is special education,’ says Jennifer Zolenas, Columbia’s special education coordinator. ‘You have to do what’s right and what’s best for the kids. But it does put a strain on the budget.’” – from a page one article in today’s Sunday News about special education funding in schools.
- You are if you bought your ticket in Florida - Sunday News
- You’ll have to hit the lottery, because UGI’s planned two rate increases this year – Sunday News
- Hospitals can be hazardous to your health! Watch this video. - ProPublica
- Klawitter to return as superintendent: This article in today’s Sunday News states: “Former Columbia superintendent Kenneth Klawitter will return to the school district in July as acting superintendent for the coming school year. Klawitter will replace Superintendent Barry Clippinger, who announced his retirement in September. Despite having nine months to find a