Teacher shortages can have major impacts on students. One shortage school districts in many different parts of the country have been experiencing recently is a shortage of special education teachers. In the midst of this shortage, states and school districts have been turning to a range of tactics to combat it.
Many things can impact the quality of the education environment a special needs student has at school. One is whether they are subjected to bullying. Bullying can impact many things for a student with disabilities. This includes their overall education experience and how safe and free to learn they feel at school.
A recent study by Pennsylvania State University and the University of California, Irvine explores if institutionalized bias affects which students enter special education programs. The statistical breakdown of race/ethnic groups in special education shows a disproportionate amount of certain populations in the program when compared to their enrollment rates in the wider educational system—specifically American indigenous children and multi-racial children are enrolled at higher rates than their overall population suggests is normal.
Special needs students have various rights under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Sometimes, disputes arise over what exactly a given student is entitled to under these rights. Among the things such disputes can be over is what a particular term included in these rights means, as applied to a given situation.