Thursday, November 18, 2004

A good IDEA?

The Washington Post runs an editorial this morning praising the bipartisan spirit behind the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA). The New York Times' Diana Jean Schemo gives the details of the bill that will most likely make it through both houses on Congress easily tomorrow (via eduwonk.com). Yesterday I wrote that Sen. Jim Jeffords opposed the IDEA bill. There was nothing on his website yesterday to explain his position.

But even the folks at ourchildrenleftbehind.com -- who wore black armbands to protest the bill -- seemed OK with the final result. They were protesting the parts of the bill that allow greater latitude for schools to punish misbehaving special ed students. According to Schemo, the harshest parts of the bill were toned down considerably in the version that passed the House- Senate conference this week.

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