On August 21, 2015, the Federal Register posted this notice:
Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged; Assistance to States for the Education of Children With Disabilities
“The Secretary amends the regulations governing title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA) (the “Title I regulations”), to no longer authorize a State to define modified academic achievement standards and develop alternate assessments based on those modified academic achievement standards for eligible students with disabilities. In order to make conforming changes to ensure coordinated administration of programs under title I of the ESEA and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Secretary is also amending the regulations for Part B of the IDEA. Note: Nothing in these regulations changes the ability of States to develop and administer alternate assessments based on alternate academic achievement standards for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities or alternate assessments based on grade-level academic achievement standards for other eligible students with disabilities . . .”
While the notice suggests that changes were made to Title I regulations, further reading of the amendment shows that for
all of the suggested comments received, no changes were made.
“. . . we believe that the removal of the authority for States to define modified academic achievement standards and to administer assessments based on those standards is necessary to ensure that students with disabilities are held to the same high standards as their nondisabled peers, and that they benefit from high expectations, access to the general education curriculum based on a State’s academic content standards, and instruction that will prepare them for success in college and careers.”
The federal government has no authority over the states with regard to education because it is a state’s rights issue.
When we provide every child in America with a developmentally appropriate, experiential, education that is founded in the Arts and concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing the gifts and talents of all children, our government can utilize the $77.8 million tax dollars spent on special education costs on improving the academic achievement of every child.
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