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Arne Duncan
Disabled students aren't as disabled as you think [Commentary]
Disabled students aren't as disabled as you think [Commentary]

This summer, Arne Duncan, the U.S. secretary of education, startled public school systems nationwide by shifting the focus of enforcement of federal laws covering students with disabilities from technical compliance like timelines to accountability for academic outcomes. The shift has seismic impact, plunging the number of states who fully meet federal requirements from 41 to 18. Maryland, despite laudable efforts, is one of the fallen states. Parents of students with disabilities think the change in policy is long overdue. They applaud Mr. Duncan who says outcomes "are simply too low." Less than 10 percent of eighth graders who receive special education services scored...