John Paul Stevens

Lifting a burden from special ed parents

The welcome lifting of the federal consent decree on Baltimore City Public Schools does not mean all is well for students with disabilities in Baltimore and Maryland — far from it. Yet, the General Assembly rarely pays any attention to the fact that special education isn't nearly special enough. Hopefully that will change. Pending legislation gives lawmakers a chance to at least take a small step to improve the education of students with disabilities.

As things now stand, students across the range of disabilities — from intellectual limitations to language impairments to dyslexia — are denied the opportunity to meet academic standards because they are not provided services to...