Academic journal article Childhood Education

The Evolution of LD Policy and Future Challenges

Academic journal article Childhood Education

The Evolution of LD Policy and Future Challenges

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THE EVOLUTION OF LD POLICY AND FUTURE CHALLENGES. Weintraub, F., Learning Disability Quarterly, 2005, 28(2), 97-99. The education of students with learning disabilities has been an important topic in the United States for many decades. This article explores the evolution of policy related to students with learning disabilities while discussing whether the promises of this policy have been realized. Legal cases as well as federal legislation have created standards for the education of students with disabilities. The most widely known legislation in the United States is the Education for All Handicapped Children Act, which became the modern Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and which mandates that students with disabilities are entitled to a free appropriate public education.

This article highlights the challenge of analyzing the degree to which public school students with learning disabilities are receiving the education to which they are entitled. The author points to several salient statistics, including comparative dropout rates, comparative graduation rates, and discrepancies among state disability prevalence rates. …

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