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 gut wrenching.
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?