A parent in my NAMI Basics class tonight shared some interesting information with the group regarding the ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) impact on special education in our state. She is a counselor within a school district here, and told us that she's been told "unofficially" that under ARRA our state will be pressuring school districts to thin the ranks of their Special Education students with IEPs, reducing the overall number and converting as many as possible over to mainstream classrooms in the next year. I don't know how to even verify this information. My particular state is in a horrible financial crisis, so it would not surprise me if this were true. Has anyone else heard similar stories?