Today in 1975 the Individual with Disabilities Education Act was signed into law. Parents worked to get it passed through Congress. It is a funding law; that is, monies go to states to provide services to eligible school children. However, federal dollars currently do not cover the entire costs of educating our children with special needs. State and local monies usually provide the bulk of the costs of educating our children.
This law opened doors of public schools to our children who previously sat at home without schooling.
Although the front doors are open in Kindergarten, the back door is also open for some students. Schools sometimes don’t know how to educate our kids who have behavior challenges as part of the disability. Students are suspended and parents are not told of options, or parents feel pressured to withdraw the student or homeschool. Many students are “drop-outs”. Administrators act as though they are shocked when accused of these “forced dropout” scenarios.
Congress was wise to include in the IDEA avenues for parents and schools to resolve conflict; especially mediation. Mediation can be held within a month and often resolves disagreements so that the child can get appropriate services.
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