Subj:    THE SPECIAL ED ADVOCATE, VOL. 1, NO. 20 (DEC. 8, 1998)
Date:    12/8/98 6:52:35 PM Pacific Standard Time
From: (Pam and Pete Wright)

The Special Ed Advocate

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December 8, 1998 Vol. 1, No. 20

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IN THIS ISSUE: December 8, 1998

(1) WARNING! Feds Threaten to Cut Off Funds from New York (December 2,

(2) NEW ARTICLE - "View from the Top: How Principals View Learning

(3) Karen asks "WHERE ARE THE REGS?"

(4) Subscription and Contact Information


(1) WARNING: Feds Threaten to Cut Off Funds from New York (December 2,

"The Federal Government has warned that New York City could lose Federal
aid if it continues to shunt disproportionate numbers of black and
Latino children into special education."

"This is the second time in two years that the Federal Education
Department’s civil rights division has questioned why New York City
funnels inordinately large numbers of black and Latino students into
special-education classes, which often become holding pens for children
who learn nothing and rarely graduate."

"The city is a legitimate target. But . . .

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2. NEW ARTICLE - "View from the Top: How Principals View Learning

This new articles examines school culture and beliefs from the
of school principals and found that -

". . . principals shared the prejudices and stereotypes of mainstream
society. The principals confused achievement with ability. Most claimed
children with learning problems were "disadvantaged." They believed that

"disadvantaged children" were "immature" and "slow learners."

Click below to read the rest of "View from the Top."


3. Karen Asks "WHERE ARE THE REGS???"

ANSWER: Good question, Karen. I'm sorry we don't know the answer.

We will send an Alert to Special Ed Advocate subscribers as soon as we
hear that the new regs have been released.

We are also waiting for the Supreme Court to issue a decision in Cedar
Rapids v. Garett F. We'll keep you posted.

If you are having problems with your school district, read the Status
Report from the U. S. Department of Education issued July 1, 1998. Judy
Heumann said -

"States are bound by the statute (IDEA 97) and existing regulations that
are not inconsistent with IDEA 97 . . . "

"States [are] expected to conduct monitoring of local School Districts
based on the statute and existing regulations that are not inconsistent
with IDEA 97 pending publication of the final regulations . . ."

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