Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Ruth Colker's New Book on the IDEA

Ruth Colker just sent along a note that her new book, Disabled Education: A Critical Analysis of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, is just days from being released.  Here's the publisher's synopsis:
Enacted in 1975, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) provides all children with the right to a free and appropriate public education. On the face of it, the IDEA is a shining example of law’s democratizing impulse. But is that really the case? In Disabled Education, Ruth Colker digs deep beneath the IDEA’s surface and reveals that the IDEA contains flaws that were evident at the time of its enactment that limit its effectiveness for poor and minority children. 
Through an examination of the evolution of the IDEA, the experiences of children who fought for their education in court, and social science literature on the meaning of “learning disability,” Colker reveals the IDEA’s shortcomings, but also suggests ways in which resources might be allocated more evenly along class lines.
Ruth is one of the most important and interesting scholars writing on the IDEA.  Though I don't always agree with her take on the issues, I often do, and I always benefit from reading her work.  Check her new book out!

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