FROM Michael Waterstone
Are Special Ed Kids Getting the Education They Deserve? The Supreme Court will hear a case this week that concerns what the appropriate level of instruction for special education students in public schools should be. The justices asked the Obama administration to prepare a brief on the issue. Several lower courts have ruled on the idea of special education quality, but the rulings vary. In the specific case that inspired the Supreme Court to act , a family in Colorado pulled their autistic son out of public school for what they say was an inadequate education. An appeals court found that the public school system did not have to reimburse the parents for private school. So what level of education are special ed students entitled to? And are most special-needs kids getting an appropriate education?
What did Trump accomplish on his first trip abroad? President Trump is wrapping up his Mideast and European tour. We find out what he has accomplished -- good and bad -- and look at what he faces when he comes home.
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.