Is it really the least restrictive environment? Special education vs Mainstream

I know I bash on charter schools quite a bit on here, but this articles shows how special needs charters schools can and do serve a vital purpose for students with disabilities. IEP meetings are very challenging to parents for these reasons. This has to be one of the best articles I’ve read on LRE.

The Qwiet Muse

*The following is based on personal experience and observation both with my own children and those I have advocated for in the past. I realize there are indeed success stories involving a smooth and beneficial transition from a special education setting to a general education one. Unfortunately, there are many more examples of the system failing.

The methodology behind mainstreaming special needs students into the general education classroom is too often poorly thought out and implemented. It takes too broad of an approach to the special educational needs of many students, and in doing so, only serves to hinder, not help.

Special education was created for a reason. For a population of students with different needs than many of their peers, different abilities which sometimes require a separate and unique forum in which they can learn, an environment better suited to meet their needs. The school system has been caught…

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1 thought on “Is it really the least restrictive environment? Special education vs Mainstream

  1. Thank you for reblogging . . . I’ve received mixed reviews concerning my feelings toward mainstreaming and LRE. It’s important people understand the cookie cutter approach to special education trying to be implemented across the country is detrimental to so many. My children are no longer in the school system, I was blessed to have found the program I did, my fear is they will be harder for others to find as changes continue to be made. Again, thank you for sharing.



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