Consequently, the number of children and adults with special education needs is likely to rise at the same time educators are putting an increased focus on college and career readiness for all.
With more attention focused on inclusive classrooms, it’s in the best interests of teachers and parents to understand the legal requirements, costs and goals of special education programs in public schools.
This represents about 12 percent of the total population of 49.8 million K-12 students, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). The majority of students classified specifically as having learning disabilities come from impoverished environments.
The National Center for Education Statistics estimates roughly 70 percent of today’s students are enrolled in elementary or middle schools.Family physicians play an important role in helping to identify infants and young children with physical and cognitive disabilities.However, it is the responsibility of parents and teachers to determine if a child has a learning disability that requires special education.Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act provides opportunities for parents and guardians to challenge special education placement decisions and to review their child’s school records.This is particularly important for students identified as having mild or moderate learning disabilities.