Eduwonk writes that the special education changes will hurt disabled students by weakening accountability to teach the vast majority who are capable of learning the mainstream curriculum.
The reality is that most students in special education do not have profound cognitive disabilities. Over half have learning disabilities and, sadly, many of these are just students who were not taught to read well. Many more have disabilities that demand attention but do not demand an alternative curriculum but rather access to the mainstream curriculum. The disability community, however, did not succeed in making that case to the media and the myth that the law was requiring wildly inappropriate practices for kids with, for instance Down Syndrome, has firmly taken hold.
Not a banner day for special needs kids.