Thanks Jackie (et al)
That's exactly the sort of info I'm after.
Unless you know the basics (popular terms people use, basics laws, and
norms) its difficult to start researching.
I've already started to look into NCLB. You're right. Its complicated. And
seems to be growing/changing all the time.
Many many thanks.
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From: "Jackie Drew" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thursday, March 31, 2005 10:12 AM
Subject: Re: [DYSLEXIA] US SENCo?
> Canada is a whole different ball game-- maybe better than the states from
> school point of view.
> Buzz words for special ed... are you thinking of marketing stuff in the
> School funding, what little I know is schools are often funded locally.
> Special ed - there's a federal law IDEA says states must provide 'free &
> appropriate educaton' to disabled students. Basically the feds are
> to pay for 40% of the costs of what they've mandated the states provide,
> but have yet to get close to that. Special ed is very underfunded (or so
> they tell parents). The teachers don't always get the training they need
> for dyslexic pupils in particular. Parents who can afford it get tutoring
> outside school or go to private schools.
> NCLB is new, schools must get a certain % of pupils passing state tests or
> be declared failing & get restructured(sound familiar??). Plus they have
> get each ethnic group & special ed to pass too. Its very new, complicated
> might be changed, some states are already talking about opting out. Puts
> teachers under pressure.
> There is some funding for assistive technology (AT) as they call it but
> sure where that comes from.
> I think thats all I know ! Best thing to do would be look on some american
> sites-- you might try teachers sites (AFT? --american federation of
> teachers I think)