We have a significant problem with education in the United States, and it has nothing to do with Common Core. Instead, it has to do with how we educate students with disabilities, also known as “special education.”

Before 1975, there was no guarantee that children with disabilities had the same access to public schools as their non-disabled peers. That changed with the Education For All Handicapped Children Act (later renamed the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA), which mandates equal access.

Under this law, special education services often mean separate education services that isolate students with disabilities from their non-disabled peers.

These services continue to operate in too many schools today.

Consider classroom integration of general education students and students with disabilities, a practice known as “full inclusion”. Research over the past 40 years shows that students of all abilities benefit when students with and without disabilities learn together.