Vulnerable & Special Education Students, Rise in Dropouts
As schools across the nations face indefinite closures due to COVID-19 concerns, students, parents and teachers all face challenges as they adjust to remote learning.
These challenges leave leading educational experts concerned that students living at home or in unstable environments or poverty will miss assignments and hurt their educational development. Studies show that high school students who miss at least three days a month of school are seven times more likely to drop out before graduating. These same students are in turn said to live nine years less than their peers.
Among the most vulnerable students at this period in time are the more than six million special education students across the United States. Without the rigorous schooling and therapy that they need, these students face a lifetime of challenges.
HOW IS THIS ISSUE GROWING BECAUSE OF COVID-19?
Prolonged school closings are preventing special needs children from receiving treatment and could presage a rise in dropouts and delinquency.
Prolonged school closings are preventing special needs children from receiving the education and treatment that they need. This in turn could lead to a rise in dropouts and juvenile delinquency.
WHO ARE THE STAKEHOLDERS?
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GROUPS WORKING ON THIS ISSUE
Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is a non-profit organization that aims to improve education standards and outcome for individuals with special needs (https://cec.sped.org/COVID19forAdministrators). Queens Center for Progress is an organization that promotes person-centered services to people with learning disabilites and children with special needs. (https://www.queenscp.org/ )