Special education in the U.S. has a long way to go—here’s what schools can do about it

In 1965, Congress passed legislation that created a bureau to examine the problems facing special needs students in the nation’s public schools, TakePart reports. But nearly 50 years later, these students still deal with too much discrimination and bullying in schools. In fact, a recent study released by the Department of Education reports a record number of disability-related civil rights complaints. In the last three years, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) “received over 11,700 disability-related complaints—more than ever before in a three-year period, and more than half of the total complaints received by OCR during this period.”

The numbers are, indeed, shocking. The survey examined 72,000 schools that teach 85 percent of America’s children, 12 percent of which were identified as special needs students…

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