Monday, December 10, 2007

Some States Have Choice for IEP Students

Florida and Ohio are a few of the states that offer choice to a child diagnosed with autism or another disability. A special education child has special needs that may not always be met by the schools they are in.

The bill in Ohio is to “provide to the parent of any qualified special education child a scholarship in order that he or she may receive special education and/or related services that implements the child’s individualized education program (IEP) and that is operated by a school district other than the school district in which the child is entitled to attend school or by another eligible public entity, or by a registered private provider.” An IEP student has a detailed and thorough learning plan. Teachers, administrators, parents, counselors, and children are all involved with the plan. If the school is not working, none of these people will be able to fix it. The child simply needs to option of going to another school, even if it is outside their district. Special education students deserve the chance at a decent education too.

Missouri needs something similar. The government created the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), but unfortunately, it does not seem to reach every special education student. There need to be additional options to help these children.

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