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Rubric for Recovery: Tightening budgets, litigation add to pandemic special ed pressures

Education Dive |

For some students with disabilities, remote learning has revealed a preferred learning style free of classmate distractions and the academic pressures of comparing themselves to peers without disabilities. Some students with anxiety disorders, those who were bullied in school, those struggling with executive functioning skills, and those who are both gifted and qualify for special education have said distance learning is working well for them, according to teachers and parents.

But for students who require intensive, constant or hands-on supports, virtual school has impeded their pre-pandemic progress because in-person supports could not be replicated in meaningful ways to distance learning formats, say educators and parents.

This article is part of a four-part series on the challenges that schools are facing during the pandemic trying to advance marginalized students and the creative ways they are trying to teach them online and in-person.

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