Special Education: Initiative or Inertia

Questioning the need for a special ed czar and special education district at the DOE

Schools Chancellor Joel Klein was wrong to create a top-level position in his administration dedicated to students with special needs, Brooklyn College professor David Bloomfield writes in the GothamSchools community section. His latest post asks whether the long-awaited special education recommendations made to Klein this summer represent “Initiative or Inertia” at the Department of Education.

Bloomfield writes:

Special education is a continuum within the broad spectrum of public school instruction.  … To separate these and other students with and without IEPs from the responsibility of all top DOE managers is to continue the marginalization of these students and their parents.

Philissa Cramer

http://gothamschools.org/2009/09/29/special-education-initiative-or-inertia/

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