In the news: Having too many or too few special education students matters


Meghan Ensell

After over a year of millions of students experiencing a loss of instructional time, fluctuating learning formats, social isolation and trauma, the return to in-person education is a concern for special education practitioners and leaders due to the risk of pandemic-related overreliance on special education identification, says Lauren Katzman

Katzman is an associate research professor at Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and executive director of Urban Collaborative, a national network of school districts committed to improving outcomes for students with disabilities.

Katzman, who spoke to K–12 Dive, says “I believe coming back to school from the pandemic could exacerbate this, but it’s not a new issue.” 

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