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A View of NCLB

By Christina A. Samuels — March 20, 2008 1 min read

I was excited to see an article about disability advocates’ view of No Child Left Behind in the Washington Post earlier this week. It offers an interesting perspective about what the federal law has meant for children with disabilities. One of the articles featured source-extraordinaire Ricki Sabia, the associate director of the National Down Syndrome Society Public Policy Center. I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing Sabia several times.

An accompanying article asked whether a push toward inclusion by a local school district has, indeed, left some children behind who might be better served in “special schools” with other children who have disabilities. It’s clear from parents quoted in the story that they believe inclusion isn’t a panacea.

You can read my earlier take on the issue of NCLB reauthorization and children with disabilities here.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the On Special Education blog.