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.
Director of Federal Advocacy
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
A version of this article appeared in the October 30, 2013 edition of Education Week as ‘Digital District’ Report Forgot Special Education