It’s Time to Act on a 20-Year-Old Consensus (American Federation of Teachers, AFT)


The issues we are raising in our article are not new. Twenty years ago was a heady time for literacy research and practice in both general education and special education. The publication of the National Reading Panel (NRP) report1 is a widely recognized landmark for literacy practices. Less frequently recognized are reports on reforming special education, such as the Fordham Foundation/Progressive Policy Institute report Rethinking Special Education for a New Century,2 the Office of Special Education Programs report Identification of Learning Disabilities: Research to Practice,3 and the President’s Commission on Excellence in Special Education report A New Era: Revitalizing Special Education for Children and Their Families.4


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