Published Online: February 16, 2016
Published in Print: February 17, 2016, as Special Education

Report Roundup

Special Education

"State and Local-Imposed Requirements Complicate Efforts to Reduce Administrative Burden"

Article Tools
  • PrintPrinter-Friendly
  • EmailEmail Article
  • ReprintReprints
  • CommentsComments

No state has taken the federal government up on initiatives legislated in 2004 that were aimed at reducing the paperwork burden in special education.

That nugget comes from a report released last week from the General Accountability Office, a congressional watchdog agency.

GAO officials talked with parents, teachers, central office staffers, and state administrators in 37 states. In addition, the GAO visited Rochester, N.Y., and Clinton, Ark., to get an on-the-ground perspective from an urban and a rural district.

What they found was a general sense that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act requires a lot of paperwork, but that districts and states are afraid of making major changes and risking a lawsuit from parents.

Also, the report noted that individual states and districts impose their own burdens that the federal government has nothing to do with, which means any paperwork reduction efforts at the federal level would have limited impact.

Vol. 35, Issue 21, Page 5

Related Stories
You must be logged in to leave a comment. Login | Register
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Back to Top Back to Top

Most Popular Stories

Viewed

Emailed

Recommended

Commented