Ever since the Beach Center was created in 1988, we have specialized in research on the federal special education law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
We have researched and published about the law as interpreted and applied by the United States Supreme Court and, to a much lesser degree, other courts.
We also have researched, theorized, and published about the effect of the law on disability policy generally.
Finally, we have addressed the effect of the law on students with disabilities, their families, and their educators and other professionals.
This article criticizes IDEA for failing to advance as powerfully as possible the inclusion of students with disabilities in the general curriculum. It imagines what Congress could do if it were to reauthorize IDEA again (as in 2010).
Authors: Zuna, N., & Turnbull, H.R.
Journal: Journal of Disability Policy Studies
Argues that the fundamental flaw in IDEA is that it authorizes separate education, creating a dual system of education. Written before Congress reauthorized IDEA in 2004 and aligned it more closely with NCLB, this article’s basic premise – that education should be a unitary system, not a dual system – is even more relevant because of the 2004 reauthorization.
This article analyzes IDEA and asserts that Congress has imposed additional responsibilities on families and students with disabilities, counterbalancing their rights with new duties to educators and the public.
Author: Turnbull, H.R.
Journal: Remedial and Special Education