Reexamining Rowley

Discussion in 'Special Ed 101' started by Sheila, Sep 21, 2009.

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  1. Sheila

    Sheila Moderator

    Worth the read [FONT=&quot][/FONT]

  2. gpsych

    gpsych New Member

    While I agree with the article to some extent, we're not going to see Rowley overturned any time soon. In fact, the nation is going the opposite direction. Case in point, Massachusetts is getting ready to change (possibly already, not sure) from a "maximum potential" state to being more in-line with Rowley. The new NASP Best Practices continues to rely upon Rowley as well when discussing special education services. Plus, given the current economic climate, it is doubtful that school districts will consider giving more specialized services that extend beyond educational need.

    If anything, the increased acceptance of RTI means that more and more services will be provided within the general education environment rather than through an IEP. This will further decrease special education funding as enrollment goes down, and thus lead to less specialized services. In many ways, RTI is the ultimate expression of Rowley. No matter how one might feel about the usefulness of RTI, it is the future and it's really just getting started.
  3. Sheila

    Sheila Moderator

    Regarding Massachusetts, states have always been allowed to provide more than IDEA mandates. However, they may not provide less. It's one of the reasons we advise parents to become familiar with both the fed law (IDEA) and their State regs.

    I think there a lot of confusion regarding RTi. It is just an additional tool for educators and parents -- it does not supplant IDEA or it's intent.

    I've pulled US DOE info on RTI previously. It's in the Sp Ed 101 Archives at .
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