March 2003The Puzzle of Special EducationCost containment, wraparound services, inclusion and standards
by SHELDON H. BERMAN AND DAVID K. URION
Medical and social factors, not school district practices, have the biggest bearing on the increasing expenses, according to a new study in Massachusetts. Sheldon Berman is superintendent of Hudson, Mass., Public Schools and David Urion is director of the Learning Disabilities Program at Children’s Hospital in Boston.
by MARYANN BYRNES
Ten actions for gaining control over special education spending based on the author’s review of school district programs. MaryAnn Byrnes is an assistant professor of curriculum and instruction at University of Massachusetts in Boston.
by CARL JOHNSON
A veteran lawyer’s counsel for minimizing the school district's exposure to special education claims and controversies.
by JOHN E. SAWYER
A consortium in Texas eases school-based reimbursement claims for helping eligible students with much-needed and costly services.
A Program in Peril
by RITA STEVENSON
A community approach to prevention and early intervention that keeps even severely disabled pupils in local schools.
Flexible Service Delivery
and A Wraparound Q&A
by JUDY L. ELLIOTT
Will the reauthorized disabilities statutes address the unresolved assessment and accountability issues related to students with disabilities left in the wake of No Child Left Behind.
by DOROTHY KERZNER LIPSKY
Traits of Inclusive Schools
by THOMAS HEHIR
The education of students with disabilities is shortchanged when educators assume they should do things in the same manner as nondisabled students. Thomas Hehir is director of the School Leadership Program at Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, Mass.
by SUSAN STRATTON
The Education Shuffle
by LARRY CLINEFELTER
A Hard Goodbye to a Favorite Assessment
by JAMES F. SIMPSON
A Six-String Salute to Public Education
by JOHN R. LAWRENCE
Living in a Code Orange World
by Paul D. Houston
The Imperative of Fully Funding IDEA
by MARY KUSLER