Public Agenda

When It's Your Own Child

A Report on Special Education from the Families Who Use It


The stigma once attached to children with disabilities is disappearing, according to parents of special education students. Majorities also give their local special education programs and teachers high marks. But parents offer mixed views on whether the right kids are getting the right services, with most saying too many special-needs children lose out because their parents aren't aware of what's available. Some 65 percent say some children with behavior problems get misdirected into special ed. Funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Progressive Policy Institute and the Thomas B.

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