In four parts, this article focuses on NCLB’s negative impact on special education. Part II outlines the provisions of NCLB and examines the differences between NCLB and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”). Part III provides a detailed explanation of the existing scholarly opinions in support of, and in disagreement with, NCLB. Part IV discusses the current political landscape and NCLB’s pending reauthorization. Finally, Part V, based on an analysis of the issues plaguing the current system, suggests a solution to improve the existing relationship between special education and NCLB. Furthermore, Part V addresses the positive aspects and possible shortcomings of implementing the suggested changes prior to the conclusion of the article in Part VI.
Stephanie S. Fitzgerald, Comment, No Child Left Behind and Special Education: the Need for Change in Legislation that is Still Leaving Some Students Behind, 16 Rich. J. L. & Pub. Int. 553 (2013).