This just in, as reported by Alexander Russo at This Week in Education -
re: NCLB (No Child Left Behind):
Link to full post HERE.NCLB: Obama's SuperSecret Special Ed Diversion Program
Wow. A little-noticed provision in the Obama education "blueprint" for NCLB -- inserted at the behest of the Gates Foundation and/or Pearson and Comcast (no one's quite sure) -- allows schools to identify children as special needs and divert them into a resource room for up to a full school year -- without parents' knowledge or approval or the consent of the teacher of record. According to section 45.321, a district can "identify, at its discretion, up to 5 (five) percent of student enrollment not already identified as having special needs, for alternative special services outside the normal course offerings. . . (snip)
. . . The stated rationale is that early intervention could help reduce later needs for full-on special education services, but advocates are concerned about parents and classroom teachers being left out of the loop on educational decisions and the potential misuse of the provision for cost-cutting purposes or to advance a particular technology or vendor.
For more . . . (snip)
Link to Department of Education ESEA (formerly NCLB) blueprint document.