Houston Says We Have a Problem In NC – Caps on IEP’s

Today a persepctive posted by EdNC highlighted an interesting policy in NC about funding IEP’s. It is very much worth the read if you want to know a little about having a special needs child in public schools – https://www.ednc.org/2017/08/07/blowing-lid-off-north-carolinas-iep-cap/

What follows is the text of a post I wrote about a year ago concerning the very same thing happening in Texas.

This might be one of the most horrific things that I have ever read concerning how a state’s public education system handles its special education initiatives.

It comes from the Houston Chronicle. It is entitled “Denied: How Texas keeps tens of thousands of children out of special education”. It is written by Brian M. Rosenthal.

It’s devastating.

It’s gut wrenching.

It’s deflating.

It’s heart breaking.

It’s the worst fear for a parent of a child with special needs.

And I want you to read it. All of it. And yes, it’s long. But it is one of the best pieces of journalistic investigation I have ever come across.

Here it is – http://www.houstonchronicle.com/denied/.

I am a parent of a child with special needs, specifically Down Syndrome and I could not even imagine what these parents may be going through because the state of Texas put a price tag on their students and then swept them under a bureaucratic rug.

This is the state that gave us No Child Left Behind.

This is the state that literally rules what goes into textbooks for a greater portion of the middle section of the country.

This is the state that came to North Carolina and recruited teachers knowing that salary was a big issue for our teachers.

And I can’t help but think is this happening in other states?