Special Education Services and the Failing System

by hlvolpe on November 6, 2016 - 10:47pm

                        In my summary i am going to be talking about a few articles dealing with special education. The more  that I see and read on this issue, I realize how much improvement needs to be made.

There are so many issues with the current system. For instance some reports i read talk about the racism when dealing with students and whose receiving special education services. In some cases

teachers admitted they are more likely to place white males in gifted and talented programs compared to students of color. In the report it states that the teachers see the students of colors performance

as normal in some cases. There should be a set of expectations for all students to achieve and as educators we should do everything in our power to make that happen. Racism is just one of the current 

problems that the special education services are facing.

                             Another issue is that special education services are handled state by state which isn't right. In the report from the state of Texas the information I find very disturbing. The state officials set

a cap of 8.5 percent of students that are receiving special education services, this is below the national average. If there was a mandate set for all states to follow and Texas was following the current 

national average they would be giving service to 250,000 more children. Critical services they need like therapy' one on one tutoring, and counseling. In the article i read it states that Texas is the only

state that limits the percent of students who receive special education services. The reason behind this in Texas was due to budget cuts. The 8.5 percent is so sad compared to the almost 13 percent of

children who receive special education services in the nation. This information is heart breaking for these children and their families.

                             There are so many cases that I have been reading about of schools not meeting federal and state laws when it comes to providing students with disabilities the education that they

deserve. This was recently the case in Connecticut and Iowa. The failure in the next report i read was due to the Special Education Student Information System is what the schools are claiming. Students

who are supposed to be receiving services in many cases are received none. In some cases 35 percent of students we're not receiving all of the recommended services for them. They are blaming

these problems on the computer systems and data they are receiving on the students. There is also a failure in children being evaluated within 60 days which is mandated by state law. 

                              They need to revamp the computer systems to keep better records and to help track the students services and progression better. It is so important to make sure students are receiving

services they need in a timely manner. This is such a shame in this day and age of electronics that this is even an issue. It is so critical that these children are given services at the youngest age

possible, for the best out come in future years. The holes in these services, delays, and cuts are not acceptable in any way, shape, or form.

 

References:  Rosenthal, Brian (2016, 18 September) What Texas Did to it's Special Education Students  The Washington Post 

                       Taylor, Kate (2016, 1 March) Thousands of New York City Students Deprived Of  Special- Education Services Report Says  The New York Times

                        Klein, Rebecca (2016 , 1 November) Why some kids are put in Special Education and others in Gifted Programs, The Huffington Post

Comments

Hi hlvolpe!
I think you did an excellent job highlighting current issues in the special education system. While I know of a few shortcomings of the Canadian system, it is a topic I am not entirely familiar with and I think is one that often gets overlooked because there is somewhat of a disconnect. If it doesn't affect us it doesn't get talked about... It was very interesting to read about the problems plaguing the American system, as this was the first time hearing about the difficulties many students face in receiving the education they need. While it was disheartening to read about a lack of funding cited as the reason for Texas setting a cap on the number of special education students that can access services, it was even more challenging to understand the systemic racism students face highlighted in your post. It so wrong that in 2016 students are denied access to programs and services they deserve based on the colour of their skin. What is even worse is that educators, who responsible for shaping the minds of the next generation, are the ones who facilitate and let this happen. Are there any steps being taken to address the weaknesses in the system that you highlighted in your post?
Ellen

Hi hlvolpe, I really enjoyed the read on such a compelling topic. I like the summary you made and the shocking points you talk about. Like ferris said, we don't really hear about Special Education Services - nobody talks about it. I wonder how Canada's Special Education Service is and if we have similar issues. The most compelling thing about your post to me was the fact that teachers admit to placing white males in gifted and talented programs over coloured. Thats not only racist, but sexist too. Its a shame to hear that kids in most need are receiving less than others. I certainly believe more effort should be put into getting kids in need of Special Education the services they deserve. It is so important for kids in need of this service benefit as much as possible so they can have a good future. I found this issue very unfair and I'm surprised nothing is being done about it. Or is there? Great post!

Hello,
This is an interesting and important topic that deserves more attention. I admire how your shedding light on this issue. This is a serious issue that needs to be fixed and mandated. It’s also a topic that many of us are very unfamiliar on but after reading this post I’ve grasp a better understanding of the issue! Our system needs to evolve to keep up and meet certain standards. I liked how you touched on that and clarified the areas of re-assessment. The first step is always spreading awareness and educating threw discursive power, I strongly agree with you on that. After that new policies need to take place. Changing the weaknesses and strengthen the benefits is another way of reforming while moving forward. Mitigation and adaption methods on a social issue. I just want to ask if there have been steps always being pushed forward?

Hello,
This is an interesting and important topic that deserves more attention. I admire how your shedding light on this issue. This is a serious issue that needs to be fixed and mandated. It’s also a topic that many of us are very unfamiliar on but after reading this post I’ve grasp a better understanding of the issue! Our system needs to evolve to keep up and meet certain standards. I liked how you touched on that and clarified the areas of re-assessment. The first step is always spreading awareness and educating threw discursive power, I strongly agree with you on that. After that new policies need to take place. Changing the weaknesses and strengthen the benefits is another way of reforming while moving forward. Mitigation and adaption methods on a social issue. I just want to ask if there have been steps always being pushed forward?

Great post hlVolpe, I was especially incite to read this as I am very interested in comparing the differences between the Canadian and American education systems. This is also an incredibly serious issue as the education of the next generation will determine our future and rate of scientific advancement. The issues you bring up related to how disabled or special needs children are not being granted their proper rights to a proper education. This is highly concerning because all young children need to be given the proper structure for them to be able to succeed in the educational system in order to contribute effectively to society in the future. If special needs students are not getting the services they deserve, maybe other third party organizations could get involved to better monitor the Special Education Student Information System to create better opportunities for young American Children

Hello hlvolpe, you have chosen a very interesting topic in the sense that you make some compelling arguments about how and why educators and institutions would be placing these 'caps' on how many students are allocated special education services. You make a good point that it is very unfair that certain 'selections' of students are picked over others and how we should revamp this practice as well as implement necessary means to ensure this does not occur, as this is a troubling but real circumstance. However, a possible but ambitious remedy to this situations is that there does need to be a set amount of special education services for students, but it should be based on how much it is needed. In order to ensure that the students who need it most get those services, there needs to be a certain set of qualifications that need to be satisfied in order for a student to be given them. This could act as a remedy for some of the situations you stated above, as there will be no "selection" of someone over another by their ethnicity, where they are from, or what they look like, but rather those who need it most will be given that opportunity. With that being said, you shed light on the fact that the state needs to use the authority they possess in order to ensure the resources and institutions they have set in place are used effectively and efficiently. Using discursive power that they posses or even by an activist organization to spread awareness and educate the public on the issue, and certainly drive change to hopefully allow for those students being neglected to be given the services they need. In order to ensure a positive future, we need to focus on educating and providing opportunity to all, and that begins by eliminating issues like this.

Hey hlvolpe,

I thought your post was really intersting. As someone who has dealt with the special education school system in Ontario, I feel that you did a good job of outlining its shortcomings. Personally, I found that I wasn't engaged enough in many of my classes during primary and secondary school and so ended up being labeled a problematic student by teachers due to my acting out. This was unfortunate to say the least. Anyway, I really enjoyed reading about this as it has affected me personally. Great Job!!!

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