I received the following Action Alert via the Wrightslaw Special Ed Advocate newsletter and I wanted to pass it on to all of you. Although this isn’t autism specific, it could affect all children with disabilities.
Do not allow schools to lower the academic expectations for students with disabilities.
On October 19th, Senator Isakson (R-GA) is expected to offer an amendment to No Child Left Behind during Senate Committee consideration of the Elementary and Secondary Education Reauthorization Act of 2011.
The amendment, S 1571, would discriminate against students with disabilities by allowing schools to significantly lower the academic expectations for students, based on their scores in state accountability tests. This use of this test, for this purpose, would apply only to children with disabilities.
Tell your Senator to vote NO on the Isakson Amendment.
S 1571, the Isakson amendment:
- would provide additional remediation to a student who scored poorly on the state accountability test, unless that child had a disability.
- would remove the limits on how many students with disabilities can be counted as making sufficient progress using less challenging systems of standards and assessments.
- would allow schools to take millions of students with disabilities off track for a regular high school diploma as early as 3rd grade, simply because they receive special education services.
Read this summary by Wrightslaw Research Editor Sue Whitney, S1571 Proposed by Senator Isakson Would Discriminate Against Children with Disabilities.
For more information: ALERT! Tell Your Senator to Vote NO on the Isakson Amendment.