There’s an article from the AP wire service reprinted today in the online edition of The Arizona Daily Star, entitled “New U.S. rules urge early action to keep pupils out of special ed.” It summarizes new thinking in how to best determine which students need special education. (The previous method was based on IQ scores in relationship to achievement; IQ scores are not terribly relevant in children younger than 4th grade. The new plan hopes to reach out to children, earlier.)
What caught my eye about the new rules was that Madeline Will, a prominent advocate for people with Down syndrome, opposes them. She seems to feel that they will take money away from students with special needs, when the pool of funding is already too small.
I’m not getting it. I would much rather see children helped early; I think it’s best for everyone to help every student succeed, not just the kids with a diagnosis. Am I missing something here?