Policy decision-making in special education can be a confusing subject, but Greg Boris Policy Specialist at the University of South Dakota, Sanford School of Medicine, Center for Disabilities makes it his job to understand the wide-range of possibilities. With the passing of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act comes the often uncomfortable attempt to incorporate policy into the new reauthorization of IDEA. It can sometimes prove frustrating to move together or synchronize policy decisions that contain different concentrations.
At the university level, the focus is often on professional development and preparing the service providers with the full understanding of the effects of policy decisions. According to Boris, all professions have “rules” that must be followed, but it’s incumbent on professionals to let decision makers know what is important. A collective approach by different advocacy groups to pinpoint shared top concerns has proven to be the best method to bring about policy change.
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