The Atlanta Journal Constitution had an article this week about how Georgia's special ed policy is to be investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice because of claims that the Georgia Department of Education uses a funding formula that encourages districts to segregate students with disabilities in order to collect more money. (Click Here to read)
Because Chase is 3 years old and in preschool, he is automatically in a special needs classroom. However, when it comes time for him to enter kindergarten, the school will give a recommendation as to whether he should be in a self-contained special needs classroom, a typical/mainstream classroom, or a combination of the two. Gwinnett County, where we live, is known for across the board not wanting to mainstream kids with special needs, which is technically against the law despite being customary. Perhaps money is the reason they do not do so, after reading the AJC article.
There is plenty of time before we are personally faced with this issue, so we don't spend too much time worrying about it. However, I'm not sure if this article should make me worry more because now I am sure that it is a real problem, or if I should be reassured that the problem now be investigated and eventually solved. Either way, it will be interesting to follow and and in the meantime, Chase loves his class and we are happy with his situation. Hopefully we will see a resolution to this issue in the very very near future!