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Autism and the Inclusion Mandate – by  

Autism and the Inclusion Mandate – by  

Daniel walks into his kindergarten classroom and drops his outerwear, backpack, and bus harness in a tangled heap in the middle of the floor. Daniel has a singular focus this morning: building a bridge and a house out of Lincoln Logs. He does not notice as classmates step around or …

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Free and Appropriate – by Joshua Dunn

The Character Assessment Initiative (Charassein) – by Jay P. Greene

On the first day of its 2007–08 term, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in a case that pitted the nation’s largest school district against a wealthy entertainment executive. At issue in New York City Board of Education v. Tom F. was whether parents must enroll their disabled children in …

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Timeout – by Joshua Dunn

The Character Assessment Initiative (Charassein) – by Jay P. Greene

When a lawsuit charges a school with violating the Constitution by using timeouts to control a violent child, judicialization of education has arguably reached a new extreme. Yet federal appellate judges resisted intervention, and instead showed that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), when followed to the letter, may …

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The Special Ed D.C. Bubble – by Jay P. Greene

The Character Assessment Initiative (Charassein) – by Jay P. Greene

One of the (many) problems with education policy analysts is that a large number of them live in or around Washington, D.C. D.C. is a remarkably abnormal place.  Because of the giant distortions of the presence and subsidies from the federal government as well as the atypical set of people …

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The Case for Special Education Vouchers – by Jay P. Greene

The Case for Special Education Vouchers – by Jay P. Greene

An interview with Jay Greene about vouchers for disabled kids is available here. The big battles over school vouchers in American education have focused on programs serving low-income children who live in urban areas. Milwaukee’s program, begun in 1990, is the biggest and oldest in the country, and the District …

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Is the Learning Disabilities Epidemic Waning? – by Michael J. Petrilli

Almost a decade ago, Fordham and the Progressive Policy Institute published a phone book-sized treatise, Rethinking Special Education for a New Century. One of its most important chapters was “Rethinking Learning Disabilities,” written by a who’s who of cognitive psychologists and reading experts, including Reid Lyon, Jack Fletcher, Sally Shaywitz, …

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Rethinking Special Ed. Spending – by Frederick Hess

The Character Assessment Initiative (Charassein) – by Jay P. Greene

Districts are struggling to stretch the school dollar as they deal with current and looming budget shortfalls. Yet, while they know it’s a huge cost center, few district leaders know how to effectively or legally pursue cost savings in special ed provision. Between federal statute, court rulings, extensive processes, and …

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Kudos to ED for Gutsy Call on Special Ed – by Frederick Hess

The Character Assessment Initiative (Charassein) – by Jay P. Greene

I’ve long griped that the Obama administration has talked too often about more school spending and not enough about smarter school spending, and I was particularly disenchanted to hear the President go back to talking this week about pumping more borrowed federal funds into school facilities and salaries. So I’m …

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Special Choices – by Patrick J. Wolf

Special Choices – by Patrick J. Wolf

Nine school voucher programs in seven states specifically provide choice for families with disabled children (see sidebar). In Florida, for example, more than 22,000 students with disabilities receive McKay Scholarships to attend private schools at a per-student cost to the government that averaged $7,220 in 2010–11. But what about the …

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