Friday, September 14, 2012

Where Are Students With Disabilities Going to School?

By Nirvi Shah from On Special Education

Well, that depends.

Nationwide, as school choice options have opened up, students without special needs have tended to leave traditional public schools for charter schools or private schools, using vouchers. As this Associated Press story reported recently, for example, the Cleveland school district in Ohio has lost 41 percent of its students since 1996. That's led the proportion of students with disabilities in the district to shoot up from about 13 percent to 23 percent of overall enrollment.

While many private school voucher programs, like this new one in Ohio, target students with disabilities, there are questions about whether more general private school choice options really are accessible to students with disabilities.

Read more HERE.
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