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THE PROBLEM > Challenged Learners in School

  • 13% of children in school are in special education.
  • Special education is more expensive than the general classroom.
  • 35% of special education students have a learning disability, including dyslexia.
  • 98% of the public school districts report that special education positions go unfilled with qualified professionals. So teachers are often hired without the special credentials required to meet the needs of their students.
  • Most states do not have explicit, multi-sensory literacy training requirements in their teacher certification standards.
  • Legislation to improve teacher certification standards for reading instruction are difficult to establish and difficult to implement with substantive quality and consistency.
  • The typical classroom is oriented around procedures and structures that do not help students with learning differences.
  • Learning disabilities diagnosis are too expensive for most parents.
  • Schools challenge and litigate Individual Education Plans (IEPs).
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