Special Education Reform Changes: Positive and Negative
Grand Canyon University: EDU-535
One of the most significant changes in special education has be the: 1975 Education for All Handicapped Children Act was a groundbreaking law that established the fundamental parameters of how special education services are defined and implemented in the United States. Key provisions such as a free appropriate public education (FAPE), individualized education programs (IEP), least restrictive environment (LRE), and procedural safeguards (such as due process procedures) defined in the original statute remained primary to the law in subsequent reauthorizations. Many children and youth with disabilities were excluded from public schooling. For the majority of those students, that meant lack of access to appropriate assessment, education, rehabilitative services, and community support. This has been positive because it has given students with handicaps and opportunity to learn in the same manner that children with no disabilities have learned. The students have also been afforded free education and no in a secluded environment. In my opinion one of the negatives is that placing students with special education needs in an environment where children do not have special needs may cause them to blend in or get lost meaning people may forget or overlook that they require more and can put them at a more disadvantage on getting the proper education that they truly need. The second significant change in special education happened again in 1975 was the federal government realizing and providing more money for special education. This is great because schools need this money to make sure that proper and adequate learning environments are in place for students that require special education. Unfortunately, the government for one reason or another has never been able to fulfill this promise....
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