It's no secret that some wealthier schools and parents have learned to game the special education system, but this Diane Rado Tribune story shows that the abuses -- and the inequities -- continue to grow, with both full IEPs and easier to get Section 504 accommodations being used at schools at rates that probably reflect savvy rather than actual need.
"When it comes to individual schools, Chicago's Edison and Lenart regional gifted centers topped the list for special accommodations in the six-county region. About 9.4 percent of students had 504 plans at Edison, 7.6 percent at Lenart."
Is this happening at your school? Are there ways to combat it, or at least to make the accommodations more widely available throughout the city?
From the Tribune's Diane Rado via the UofC UEI twitter feed.