'Digital District' Report Forgot Special Education

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To the Editor:

I am writing in response to Education Week's special report "Managing the Digital District" (Oct. 2, 2013). The report repeats a frequent and common mistake of completely ignoring special education students, their teachers and support staff, and the additional reporting and data-collection requirements placed upon them.

Don't forget that students in special education are regular education students first and still have to meet their academic goals. However, the additional services, due-process rights, meetings, documentation, goals, and special education reporting requirements—placed on top of regular education requirements—strain an already overwhelmed system.

It would have been nice for Education Week to devote at least one article of the 11 it published to this topic.

Neil Snyder
Director of Federal Advocacy
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Washington, D.C.

Vol. 33, Issue 10, Page 22

Published in Print: October 30, 2013, as 'Digital District' Report Forgot Special Education
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