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ERIC Number: EJ807908
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1525-1810
Superintendent's Commentary: Reflections on Special Education Funding and Our Commitment to Students
Benzel, Brian L.
Journal of Special Education Leadership, v18 n1 p47-49 Apr 2005
Considerable debate exists about the failure of the federal government and the states to fully fund the special education mandates that have been placed into law and further expanded by case law. Work in local school districts is increasingly affected by the deliberate decisions that have created legal requirements for districts to provide extensive services for students needing special education services, while simultaneously avoiding the development of clear service standards for these students. The result is that local school boards that care about students and have a social and moral conscience are placed in the unenviable situation of choosing where to allocate scarce funding. This situation is especially difficult with the passage of No Child Left Behind, in which all students, including those needing special education and related services, are required to meet the state's learning standards. In this article, the author reflects on special education funding and their commitment to students at Spokane Public Schools. (Contains 1 note.)
Council of Administrators of Special Education. Fort Valley State University, 1005 State University Drive, Fort Valley, GA 31030. Tel: 478-825-7667; Fax: 478-825-7811; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Washington
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; No Child Left Behind Act 2001