Since 1975, when the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act went into effect, public schools have been required to provide comprehensive services for all children with physical and cognitive disabilities. But in many communities, it took legal action to force school districts to get in step with this law. One such example is the Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation’s 2nd largest school system and the site of a 20-year long legal battle over special education services.
Correspondent John Tulenko looks at how the legacy of the court action impacts students today. Find out what’s changed, what’s working, and what’s left to do to get special education on track in Los Angeles.
This video segment appeared on PBS NewsHour on February 23, 2016.
A version of this news article first appeared in the On Air: A Video Blog blog.