Every student who walks through the doors each morning at one of Connecticut’s more than 1,300 public schools has their own unique skills and abilities, as well as their own needs and challenges. But despite their differences, each of these students has something in common: the right to a quality, equitably funded education.
For Connecticut’s more than 74,500 students who need some type of special education service, this right is particularly important. Students with disabilities are entitled to a “free appropriate public education” under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and must be provided with the special education service(s) they need to access that opportunity. For some students that service may be as simple as working with a speech pathologist once a week to improve their pronunciation, while other students may require far more intensive, full-time specialized services and support to meet their needs.