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Aligning Or Maligning? Getting Inside A New Idea, Getting Behind No Child Left Behind And Getting Outside Of It All, Stephen A. Rosenbaum
In this article, I briefly review the background for the latest iteration of federal special education policy, the reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education (Improvement) Act or IDEA. With a slight apology to ardent advocates for parents and children with disabilities, I then suggest ways that they and their clients can set aside their concerns about a diluted statute and learn to live with a changed legal landscape — and perhaps even flourish in an educational system that aims to raise the standards for all students. With each cycle of program review, policy revisitation and legislative revision, those who speak ...