Tuesday, 15 June 2010

US: states tighten special education belt

Kansas, Iowa, South Carolina look to IDEA loophole

At least three states have asked for permission to cut back on the money they provide districts for special education, under a built-in escape clause in the federal special education law that is aimed at financially struggling states.

Iowa and Kansas have both been granted a waiver, which under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act can be given out in 'exceptional or uncontrollable circumstances such as a natural disaster or a precipitous and unforeseen decline in the financial resources of a state.'

South Carolina has requested a waiver, but the US Department of Education has asked the state for more information before making a decision. Both the waiver requests and the department’s responses were reported earlier this year by the blog , a project of the Washington area Advocacy Institute, which supports parents of children with disabilities.

Special education advocates say this is the first time they’re aware of economic-hardship waivers being granted....

There is much, much more:

Samuels, C. A. (2010) States seek federal waivers to cut special education, Education Week, 15 June

For another two pages' report and comment on this in:

Heaseley, S. (2010) With Federal approval, states cut special education spending, Disability Scoop, 15 June

No further comment required here, other than that in any foreseeable future financial stringency will make the task even harder for those in the US who would like to see Conductive Education break free from the straight-jacket of therapy even harder than it has been.

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