Special Education Directors Hope to Sway Federal Policy
State special education directors hope that when Congress takes up the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act next year, it will consider making changes that more closely link special education and general education.
“There’s one education community, and we’re all members,” said Jacquelyn J. Thompson, the president of the Alexandria, Va.-based National Association of State Directors of Special Education, which held its annual meeting here this month.
That theme was echoed in the seminars presented during the Nov. 11-14 conference. Principals and superintendents made presentations alongside special educators, with the common refrain that changes that result in educational gains among students in special education also benefit...
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