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Pete Wright is Guest on NPR Show, Justice Talking

Pete Wright was a guest on NPR's Justice Talking, the weekly public radio program on legal issues and public policy. The topic was A Special Look at Special Education.

Moderator Margo Adler asked: "Whose job is it to educate students with special needs? What is the reality of special education?"

Pete said, "In large part of the country, school districts say to parents, 'This is all we have to offer for your child, take it or leave it' and a line is drawn in the sand."

Other guests were:

Alicia Broderick, assistant professor of Education in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College at Columbia University

Patti Ralabate, senior professional associate for Special Needs with the National Education Association. She authored Meeting the Challenge: Special Education Tools that Work for All Kids and co-authored The New IDEA Survival Guide.

Sarah Mead is a fellow with the Progressive Policy Institute's 21st Century Schools Project and a senior policy analyst with Education Sector, an independent Washington, DC-based think tank focused on Education Policy.

Program Description: A Special Look at Special Education

"This fall the U. S. Supreme Court will examine the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the law that requires school systems to develop individualized education programs for children with mental and physical disabilities."

"As the Court looks at how to resolve disputes between parents and schools, Justice Talking will take a special look at special education: Is the special ed system working for students? For schools? For families? For taxpayers?"

Find out which stations will carry the show and when. (For example, in the DC area, the show airs on WETA at 90.9, on Sunday, November 6 at 4 p.m.)

You can click this link to listen to the show.

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