While this study was done in the UK, I feel that it highlights a problem that many parents in the US face as well. British ministers and school officials ordered an inquiry to review special needs education. The investigation revealed that some local authorities are not complying with their special needs duties, that there was a lack of transparency in the system and that many parents were receiving poor information. Based on the results of the inquiry, British politicians have promised to invest £38 million (roughly $56 million) in a project to improve their special needs education system.
While US federal law mandates that every child will receive a free and appropriate education in the least restrictive environment, many American parents also struggle with their local school systems to try and come up with a plan that they are comfortable with. Do you think that a study similar to the UK one should be done here. Have you had any issues with your local school board? Were there things that you wish you had known early on in developing a special education plan?
I have opened a forum topic about education and would love to hear more about what frustrates parents and what strategies they have found successful.