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ERIC Number: EJ808025
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-1046-6819
Congress Dramatically Changes IDEA
Johns, Bev
Learning Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, v13 n3 p81-86 2005
The reauthorization of IDEA, which is now Public Law 108-446, was signed into law by President Bush on December 3, 2004. This article discusses background issues and some of the consequences of this new law for children with learning disabilities. For the first time in a reauthorization of IDEA, the rights of parents and students have been reduced. Some argue that IDEA 2004 is the best we could get. The fact that the special education community was so divided during this reauthorization helped produce IDEA 2004. Major issues such as "full inclusion," the standardized tests of NCLB, whether special education teachers should be primarily consultants to general education teachers or be primarily direct teachers of children, and even whether "learning disabilities" exist or are just "learning differences" divided us. Special education faces a very difficult future.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; No Child Left Behind Act 2001