People pay attention to special education only when something goes really, really wrong. Like when an autistic kid skips out of unlocked school exit and is lost forever. Or, as happened three weeks ago at Richneck Elementary School in Newport News, VA, a 6-year old boy with severe behavioral issues shoots his teacher in the chest with his mom’s handgun.
This tragedy forces us to look at the problems in Richneck Elementary’s procedures for special education. And the problems were legion.