Public schools fail students with disabilities

School can be difficult for anyone, but especially for students with disabilities. A disability can make it difficult to learn or concentrate. Schools that introduce campus resource officers tend to see higher rates of discipline and arrests, and students with disabilities are disproportionately affected.

According to a New York times As the investigation shows, many public schools in the United States are finding ways to skirt federal laws such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Other. The above laws provide additional protections to help ensure that an already-protected subset of students can still receive an education.

According to guidelines issued in July by the U.S. Department of Education, “It would violate Section 504 to respond to a student’s disability—Behavior oriented shortens the length of the student’s school day, thus reducing minutes or how long the student stays in the educational environment“Regardless of whether or not”Additional or different services are requiredBut according to timesMany public schools do just that: said informal remove, schools simply remove a child from a class. Unlike suspension or expulsion, removal is not tracked.

In one example, Dakotah Lavigne struggles with developmental delays as a result of a genetic disorder. Despite showing early promise, he began exhibiting disruptive behavior in second grade. In response, his school began sending him to a “safe room” away from his peers for hours. In middle school, he attended class for only an hour a day and his mother regularly had to pick him up early. Dakota never attended a full day of school again until age 15, when her mother removed her.

LaVigne was eventually able to move to a school in a different district, which has made a difference so far. But for most parents, this is not an option. Parents can sometimes change schools or school districts by request, but this depends on the state they live in and may sometimes require school district approval. Often, a parent’s options are to live with subpar public education or homeschool their children, which is not possible without a stay-at-home parent. Meanwhile, under many school choice systems, parents can move their children to another school that better meets their family’s needs.

The times “Federal funding to help schools meet the additional costs of special education has consistently fallen short of the law’s goals, leaving many without the resources they need,” the story said. A simple solution is to allow students to opt out of the system that is serving them so poorly.