According to an article in Disability Scoop, found right here, complaints to the Office of Civil Rights at the US Department of Education are rising. And they have been over a six year period. They are not sure if it’s because parents are more aware of their rights or if it is something more.
I think it’s because of that and also because of Common Core and standardized testing. Ever since Race To The Top came out, schools have changed. It’s no longer about being able to give more one-on-one attention. It’s about prepping for the big test in many schools. What I would like to see is how many of those complaints are from traditional schools and how many are from charter schools. The article doesn’t break it down.
In 2009, 3,000 complaints were filed. Last year, it was 3,900. There is a very strong correlation between the advent of Common Core and these types of complaints rising. If you are a special needs parent, please educate yourself and know your child’s rights, especially if they are in a lower grade. This is a pivotal time for them and they need you to fight for them!