- xii, 163 pages : 23 cm.
- Contents: Introduction -- The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act: Enacting Equal Opportunity Through Procedural Compliance -- Educational Opportunity and Racial Inequities in Special Education -- The Crucial Role of Educational Leadership -- Parental "Power" and IDEA -- The Logic of Compliance -- Conclusion: Moving Beyond the Compliance Paradigm.Includes bibliographical references (pages 140-153) and index.Summary: This book asks a question that many educators may think, but won't say out loud: Does compliance with IDEA legislation matter? The author acknowledges that, while compliance with IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) is important, it can also be an administrative burden that detracts from practitioners' capacity to adequately serve students with disabilities. Using data collected from three suburban school districts, Voulgarides helps us to understand how compliance with IDEA intersects with decades of evidence of racial inequities in student outcomes. This timely and thought-provoking book unpacks the civil rights history of IDEA, examines the impact of its procedural focus on educational practice, and questions why racial inequities in special education persist despite good intentions by policymakers, educators, and school personnel.