One Day, Teach For America’s alumni magazine, features news stories, profiles, perspectives, and critical analysis of the most pressing debates in education reform.
Special education was conceived to meet the needs of children who learn differently. Yet in schools across the country, the 6.3 million students with disabilities lag far behind their nondisabled peers. They struggle to learn within a system that emphasizes procedural compliance over academic achievement—leaving ability rights advocates to ask: Has special education become a legitimized pathway for low expectations?
Charter schools have a poor reputation for serving students with disabilities, but New Orleans’ ReNEW Schools is turning that rep on its head—and hoping other charters find creative ways to do the same.
Across the country, millions of students with disabilities move from class to class, grade to grade, working harder than average but only sometimes getting the supports they need. Let’s meet one of them.