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January 19, 2020

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A Special Look at Special Education
Last Featured: 1/2/2006

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This fall the U.S.Supreme Court will examine the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the law that requires school systems to develop individualized education programs for children with mental and physical disabilities. As the Court looks at how to resolve disputes between parents and schools, Justice Talking will take a special look at special education: Is the special ed. system working for students? For schools? For families? For taxpayers?

Alicia Broderick is assistant professor of Education in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College at Columbia University.

Peter Wright is an attorney who represents children with special educational needs. With his wife, Pam, Pete Wright started Wrightslaw.com, a website to provide parents, advocates, educators, and attorneys with accurate, up-to-date information about special education law and advocacy.

Patti Ralabate is a senior professional associate for Special Needs with the National Education Association. She authored Meeting the Challenge: Special Education Tools that Work for All Kids and co-authored The New IDEA Survival Guide.

Sarah Mead is a fellow with the Progressive Policy Institute's 21st Century Schools Project and a senior policy analyst with Education Sector, an independent Washington, DC-based think tank focused on Education Policy.

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by Winifred Anderson, Stephen Chitwood, Deidre Hayden
Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in Special Education
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by Peter W. D. Wright, Pamela Darr Wright, Suzanne Whitney Heath
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