ERIC Number: ED466075
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
A Timely IDEA: Rethinking Federal Education Programs for Children with Disabilities.
Jennings, Jack, Ed.
To assist in upcoming deliberations on the reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Center on Education Policy asked three outstanding experts in special education to write papers advising on whether and how IDEA should be changed. The resulting papers in this publication include: IDEA 2002 Reauthorization; An Opportunity To Improve Educational Results for Students with Disabilities (Thomas Hehir); IDEA Reauthorization: Its Time To Simplify and Focus on Performance (Lawrence C. Gloeckler); and Issues for Consideration in the Reauthorization of Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (Margaret J. McLaughlin). The three authors agree on the large issues facing special education and they propose some common solutions. The common problems they have identified are the following three: (1) the need for students with disabilities to improve academically; (2) the need for less paperwork and a less complex system to retain special education teachers; and (3) the need for increased funding for IDEA and for funding provided within general education to support a range of services for children who are having difficulty in school, so that fewer children will need to be referred to special education. Each paper includes references. (CR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Change Strategies, Disabilities, Educational Change, Educational Finance, Educational Innovation, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Referral, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Special Education, Student Records
Center on Education Policy, 1001 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 522, Washington, DC 20036 ($1). For full text: http://www.cep-dc.org/specialeducation/timelyidea2002.pdf.
Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center on Education Policy, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments 1997