A recent EdWeek blog article reflects on a report from the US Department of Education's office regarding an increase in complaints about special education, setting a record for having received more complaints than ever before in a three-year period. The article states:
A new report from the U.S. Department of Education's office for civil rights says that, from 2009 to 2011, the agency received more complaints about disability issues than ever before in a three-year period.
Topping the list was the issue of a free, appropriate public education, or FAPE as those with some special education knowledge will know. Nearly 4,700 complaints of the 11,700 received regarding disabilities had something to do with FAPE. The office for civil rights also launched 15 investigations around the country related to FAPE.
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