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Special Education: A Changing Population

October 11, 2011 · No Comments

The October 9 edition of The Boston Globe Magazine included an article delineating some of the factors that have contributed to a rise in our Special Education population.  In the last decade, schools have seen an increase in both the number of children who require an IEP (Individual Education Plan) and the intensity of the supports these children need to be successful in our schools.

In Bedford, we have added more specialized Special Education Programs in all of our schools to  support these children.  Bringing programs for children with significant Special Needs  in-house has been one strategy to better serve the children in a more cost effective manner.  As this article suggests,  as the intensity of the needs increases,  so do the costs.  Bedford has also launched RtI  (Response to Intervention) a K-12 instructional initiative designed to provide ‘just in time’ intervention designed to eliminate the need for some  referrals to Special Education.

I recommend the article to you as a good background piece on the changing population in our schools.

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