The Cost of Services
Special education staff will rarely tell you that they can't pay for what you're asking. The IDEA mandates that services cannot be denied on the basis of cost, but special educators know the federal government has never provided sufficient funds to implement that requirement.
Special education staff wishes you knew that they have little, if any, say in the budget process. Knowing they can meet your child's needs in other ways, special education teachers often try to steer parents away from costly alternatives because they have to. IDEA requires schools to provide an appropriate education -- not the best possible services.