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And we promote parent involvement while pulling stunts like this?

CJ Westerberg, May 19, 2011 10:11 AM


Talking from Both Sides of the Mouth Award

This just in, as reported by Alexander Russo at This Week in Education -
re: NCLB (No Child Left Behind):

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 full post HERE.

Link to Department of Education ESEA  (formerly NCLB) blueprint document.

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