Empty Promises for Special EdDecember 11

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Empty Promises for Special Ed December 11, 2004 http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/opinion/la-ed-speced11dec11,1,6510196.story EDITORIAL The term "special ed" is so familiar today that it's hard to recall how, less than 30 years ago, most schoolhouse doors were closed to disabled children. Before 1975, when the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act was approved, handicapped children were routinely turned away by public schools unwilling to provide the accommodations they needed, including wheelchair ramps and help taking notes in class. Today, more than 6.5 million students qualify for special education services that embrace children with profound physical handicaps as well as those with emotional problems, mental challenges and learning disabilities. Along the way, the system has evolved from a network of special schools and isolated classrooms to one aimed at including special ed students in regular classes. That transition has been expensive and often rocky. Special ed enrollment has increased by more than 30% in the
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This note was uploaded on 12/05/2010 for the course ENGL 1A taught by Professor Churchill during the Fall '08 term at Mt. SAC.

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