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Meeting the Needs of Every Student

The U.S. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act guaranteed that students with disabilities could be part of a regular education classroom and curriculum and participate in programs offered to their non-disabled classmates. While that’s fine on paper, we believe that more funds and dedicated resources are required to ensure that each student receives an education that is truly customized to his or her learning needs as identified by the IEP (Individual Education Program). Ultimately, the goal is to help every student who graduates be ready for a career or college.

Unfortunately, with funding and teacher shortages, many districts don’t provide those additional services so crucial to an appropriate education, not just one that meets the test of the “least restrictive environment.”
We believe that inclusive practices can work if there is also a full continuum of placement options and resources to fund them. This can include self-contained classes in addition to co-taught classes that stem from the needs of the students whom teachers identify in the course of working with them.

More resources are needed to educate all students and give teachers discretion in determining what is appropriate for each of them based upon their day-to-day contact and experience about what creates success.

Have an opinion about this important issue? Please share it with us and your legislators.

13May
Education Commentary

Lawsuit Accuses Brooklyn Charter School of Failing to Provide Special Education Services

Special education students at a Brooklyn charter school did not get mandated services and were punished for behavior that arose from their disabilities, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court on...

13May
Education Commentary

Pa. Republicans should meet Wolf halfway on state budget

A third of the fiscal year is over, and we still have no state budget. Every day there is a new report of a school district that is worried about how to stay open. And social service providers, who take...

13May
Education Commentary

Lax policing of charter schools opens door to “epidemic of fraud, waste”

Little is known about how charters are spending federal and state tax dollars, even as politicians continue to increase funding for them while slashing budgets for traditional public schools. And it’s...

13May
Education Commentary

Hillary Clinton: Most charter schools ‘don’t take the hardest-to-teach kids, or, if they do, they don’t keep them’

Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, who is running for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, was  campaigning in South Carolina this weekend and sat down with journalist Roland Martin for a...