In order to be able to receive any help and have someone else supervise her son, the mother was forced to make the difficult decision to put him into full-time residential care, where he will permanently be away from the home and not see his mother. The child was put in residential care for two years. The school district paid $60,000 per year for the child to be there.
Obviously this situation was not practical or pragmatic. It was a bureaucratic cookie-cutter solution imposed from higher up (close all schools and temporary care facilities), and was not a cost-effective expenditure of money, it was extremely wasteful. This child did not need to be in full-time residential care, and the care he was receiving before cost only a fraction of that.
It's not just all a matter of money. This was not good for the child, to have to be separated from his mother. These residential facilities can be difficult places for special needs children to be.
I know there are many on the Left who don't seem to care at all about any amount of money being spent. But maybe think of it in these terms: This wasted money was money that could have been handed out to everyone for free, or allow the working class to pay lower taxes, or spent on something else that you care about. Government has a limited amount of money, and money wasted one place is going to mean somewhere else where that money can't be spent.
$60,000 a year is probably the entire amount of money the mother earned each year, before taxes. It's ridiculous that this was done.