Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Special Education Advocates Have Questions for Duncan

According to Christina Samuels of Education Week, "Advocates for students with disabilities have a full agenda for U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, including rolling out long-awaited regulations for educating young children and cracking down on the use of restraints and seclusion as school disciplinary measures." Samuels points out that as head of Chicago schools, Duncan was not known for his interest in disability issues.

One advocate said, "He’s not been a great supporter of special ed. I don’t think he dislikes special-needs kids; it just wasn’t on his radar screen during the time he was here."

I recommend this article -- it outlines many of the issues Duncan will have to address.
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