Episode 14: The Stripping Away of Civil Rights (ft. Laura Waters)

In this episode, we sit down with our friend and colleague Laura Waters to discuss the stripping away of civil rights protections for students with special needs. Laura shares her perspective on these issues, both as an education writer and the mother of a child with disabilities. [spp-player url=http://traffic.libsyn.com/voices4ed/14_-_Education_Post_-_Disability_Rights.mp3] [spp-tweet tweet="With a kid with disabilities, you’re working so hard to find what they can do. It’s all about what they can do. And if you just go in with ‘Well, they can’t do…’ then you’re really cutting them off at the knees. – Laura Waters"]

Episode Details:

  • Why Laura's recent article about Betsy DeVos resonated with so many people
  • Why people were outraged with Betsy DeVos
  • On the federal government's role in regulating education
  • The civil rights issues that students with disabilities face in schools
  • Should separate educational standards be created for students with disabilities?
[spp-tweet tweet="A law is only words unless there's oversight and accountability. So we rely... on the federal government to hold schools accountable to that law. – Laura Waters"] https://educationpost.org/devos-is-stripping-away-civil-rights-protections-for-students-with-special-needs/