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ERIC Number: EJ931658
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1537-5749
New Directions for Special Ed
Finkel, Ed
District Administration, v47 n6 p51-57 Jun 2011
Special education used to be a place--sometimes a separate school, more often a classroom down the hall where students labeled as such disappeared for hours at a time, out of sight and out of mind for the typical classroom teacher. That's still sometimes the case, but increasingly, special education is front and center in the regular education classroom, and the population of students with individualized education plans has shifted away from those considered learning disabled. Fewer students have been diagnosed with learning disabilities, but more students are being diagnosed with autism. Special education is not a place; special education is individualized instruction with supports and services. Bill East, executive director of the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE), hopes that the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which is expected to come about this summer, will reinforce the trend toward mainstreaming special education students. North Carolina has been regearing its system in that direction since the reauthorization of IDEA, attempting to move students toward what it considers the least restrictive environment. State- and district-level special educators across the nation have faced a significant challenge over the past few years as state budgets have grown tighter, both in terms of staffing and materials. In this article, the author talks about mainstreaming, population shifts, early intervention and budget cuts that create challenges and opportunities for district leaders.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act