For American students with disabilities, class sizes are increasing, services are waning and providers are disappearing.
|Scooped by Julie Newman|
This article does a good job at relating the federal budget cuts on education directly to special education programs. The reason I chose to include this article in my curation was because of how dramatic the changes to special education programs have been due to federal budget cuts known as sequestration. Parents have seen their children's class size increase dramatically, while teachers have been let go, decreasing the amount of staff working with these students. One quote included in the article that grabbed my attention was from a mother from Utah whose sons special needs class size jumped form eight to 15 students. She responded, "stop cutting funding form those who need it most." Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, it specifies that Congress would pay up to 40 percent of the average that states were spending on each students with disabilities. Today, Congress has only been paying 14 percent, the lowest in more than a decade. This article is so astounding to me because, in truth, the numbers never lie. Budget cuts leading to a decrease in resources for special education programs has been a theme I have encountered through my research on special education. I believe that education, especially special education, should be the last place federal funding should be cut, the main reason why this article infuriates me.