The School Administrator

SA March Cover 2003

March 2003The Puzzle of Special EducationCost containment, wraparound services, inclusion and standards

Features

  • The Misdiagnosis of Special Education Costs

    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.

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  • Rivers of Red

    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.

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  • Legal Penicillin for Special Education

    by CARL JOHNSON

    A veteran lawyer’s counsel for minimizing the school district's exposure to special education claims and controversies.

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  • Medicaid Claiming

    by JOHN E. SAWYER

    A consortium in Texas eases school-based reimbursement claims for helping eligible students with much-needed and costly services.

    Similar Reading: A Program in Peril

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  • Wraparound Services

    by RITA STEVENSON

    A community approach to prevention and early intervention that keeps even severely disabled pupils in local schools.

    Similar Reading: Flexible Service Delivery and A Wraparound Q&A

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  • IDEA 2003: Reauthorization or Retrofit?

    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.

    Similar Reading: Additional Resources

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  • The Coexistence of High Standards and Inclusion

    by DOROTHY KERZNER LIPSKY

    Whole-school approaches can satisfy requirements of IDEA and No Child Left Behind and end the dual-track system.

    Similar Reading: Traits of Inclusive Schools

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  • Beyond Inclusion

    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.

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Departments

Focus

PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT by SUSAN STRATTON


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Guest Columns

The Education Shuffle by LARRY CLINEFELTER


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A Hard Goodbye to a Favorite Assessment by JAMES F. SIMPSON


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President’s Corner

A Six-String Salute to Public Education by JOHN R. LAWRENCE


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Executive Perspective

Living in a Code Orange World by Paul D. Houston


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Federal Dateline

The Imperative of Fully Funding IDEA by MARY KUSLER


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