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Many Americans are concerned about the education of the many children diagnosed with special needs; does the No Child Left Behind Act provide the services that these children will need in order to receive a fair education?

Many Americans are concerned about the education of the many children diagnosed with special needs; does the No Child Left Behind Act provide the services that these children will need in order to receive a fair education?
  • As a special education teacher, I agree wholeheartedly with this question.

    NCLB was implemented for students with disabilities to make sure children are entitled to FAPE (Free and Appropriate Education). Since the founding of NCLB, it is extremely important to people with autism, who were regarded as disabled, when they are not. NCLB provides many avenues that may not have been available to help these kids receive the education they deserve.

    Posted by: BoundlessHomer49
  • Yes, because all children are covered under the No Child Left Behind Act.

    Every year, billions of tax dollars are spent to education children. Children with special needs are included, and schools are doing their part to educate them to the best of their ability. Many parents are using schools as a day care, and maxing out their usage with the school system for special needs children.

    Posted by: HealthyMose59
  • Yes, because a special program such as this is just what these children need.

    Children with special need are just that, and need a varying level of care and learning. The teachers all receive special in-depth training on all aspects, from teaching them, to working and treating them. Children with special needs may never reach the level that most students do, but they are not left behind at all with this program in place.

    Posted by: AmusingBlake32
  • Yes, because a special program such as this is just what these children need.

    Children with special need are just that, and need a varying level of care and learning. The teachers all receive special in-depth training on all aspects, from teaching them, to working and treating them. Children with special needs may never reach the level that most students do, but they are not left behind at all with this program in place.

    Posted by: 5hc4mMicha
  • I oppose No Child Left Behind Act because I think it does a disservice to ALL children by lumping them together under the same educational requirements, when their needs are quite different.

    The No Child Left Behind Act has forced teachers to lower standards in their classrooms and to teach standardized tests that have little application for many students. I have been an editor in educational publishing since 1985 and have therefore been in constant contact with teachers and state curriculum guidelines all over the United States. What I hear from the teachers is that not only are the special needs students being overwhelmed, but the students without special needs are being under-stimulated. They become bored and often disruptive, making a bad situation worse. Instead of "No Child Left Behind", we should have an initiative that provides each child with the tools to become the best he or she can be.

    Posted by: baggerbones
  • I do not feel the No Child Left Behind Act provides adequate support and funding for special needs children.

    While the intent of the No Child Left Behind Act is good, it is not adequately funded to provide the services and support necessary for special needs children. In many cases, these children need individualized education programs or support, and the Act does not provide enough funding for all children. Furthermore, because each state designs their own educational programs, the Act does not mandate or standardize the services received by all children, not just those with special needs.

    Posted by: ElfinDamien34
  • The No Child Left Behind Act has done nothing but create a bigger bureaucracy in the education system..

    I have personally witnessed, first-hand, countless instances of children with special needs not getting the services they require. Unfortunately, often, legislation does not lead to implementation and action.

    Posted by: UtterDon
  • No Child Left Behind does not adequately address the needs of children with special needs, because it focuses too much on standardized testing.

    No Child Left Behind is not conducive to providing children with special needs the services they need to get a free, appropriate public education. Although the American With Disabilities Act guarantees all children the right to a free appropriate education, No Child Left Behind's focus on standardized testing often interferes with needed testing accommodations for children with special needs, by punishing schools for having over a set number of children with those accommodations. The government should not try to arbitrarily dictate how many children require testing accommodations. They should, instead, be focused on upholding the law that guarantees all children a free appropriate education.

    Posted by: TrainLock
  • No, because the No Child Left Behind Act simply encourages special education children to be passed on.

    The No Child Left Behind Act has simply put the idea of a child's personal advancement into the hands of bureaucrats, who simply want raw so-called "successful" numbers, instead of actual education and progress on behalf of students. Special education children are no different and, because of NCLB, they have been passed along and eventually leave school as societal leeches.

    Posted by: BrokenRandolph74
  • The No Child Left Behind Act does a great deal to bridge the gap between resource disparities between special ed and general ed, but by no means is perfect.

    There is no way to create a perfectly fair system between two groups of people, but the No Child Left Behind Act does do a great deal, by offering many ways to take the standardized testing, by increasing funding for special ed, and by highlighting the importance of education for all. It is a step toward progress in offering fair education, but we still have disparities in funding around a county, let alone the country.

    Posted by: daveyxh
  • No, the program has not lived up to its expectation.

    I don't have enough time to chronicle the numerous ways in which NCLB is an unqualified disaster and does indeed leave hundreds of thousands of special needs chldren behind. I have vast amounts of experience from all sides of the issue to back up my opinion.

  • The No Child Left Behind Act does not fully ensure a fair education for children with special needs.

    The "No Child Left Behind" act provides a set of standards for the states to follow in educating children. It is a set of expectations based upon criterion for best practices, or the median averages. In no way does it address the requirements of those with special needs, such as autistic children, who are unlikely to achieve the required competency scores. Autism affects nearly 1 in 97 children in the United States yet "No Child Left Behind" does not make exceptions or inclusions for one with this, or another, type of intellectual disability.

    Posted by: bandita
  • I oppose the No Child Left Behind Act because it causes many problems and fixes none of them.

    The No Child Left Behind act adversely affects all children, not just those with special needs, by preventing teachers from holding them back until they're ready to move on. Instead, a child can only have two years in any given grade, and after that must move on, regardless of whether or not they're ready. For many children, this may not be a problem, but for those who struggle in school, especially those with special needs, this can seriously damage their chances of not only enjoying school, but learning what they're supposed to be learning.

    Posted by: SebasBorn
  • I am definitely not a fan of the No child left behind act because I work with both children and adults with disabilities, so I know a little about the act, and I think it is way too intimidating and just makes them feel more out of place

    This law has received nothing but criticism from the beginning, but even when the educational system tried to give it a chance, it ended up interfering with every single standard that it was meant to initiate and protect. For instance, they continued to do studies and research on the act and it's progress, and almost every one of these resulted in failure because the act itself was too aggressive. I mean, they started decreasing overall educational standards, and that doesn't solve anything!!

    Posted by: NikoICasuaI
  • No, No Child Left Behind has done nothing but subject these children to testing meant for their regular education peers, putting this group under additional stress.

    Now, instead of treating the children with special needs as individuals as was done in the past, they are all grouped together and the emphasis is on passing tests mandated by NCLB. There is no more looking at the needs of the child, it is whether or not they can pass the tests that has become all important to school districts. There are severe consequences if the special ed population of a school doesn't pass the tests. The school districts are concerned with this, not with the education of the children. Passing tests is not what many of these students need to succeed in life.

    Posted by: 54IInferno

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