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What is Special Needs Populations

Encyclopedia of Distance Learning, Second Edition
These populations include special education students with emotional disorders, learning disabilities, limited English language skills, or other mental or physical health problems that prevent full participation in school.
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The Evolution of K-12 Online Learning Policy from a Void to a Patchwork
David B. Glick (David B. Glick & Associates LLC, USA)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 7
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-198-8.ch137
The Internet and its applications have challenged policy makers in seemingly all areas of public life, and as one of the applications of the Internet, online learning is no exception. Online learning policy has tentacles throughout education policy, from union politics to technology infrastructure. This complexity contributed to the lack of action that led the National Association of State Boards of Education to warn, in 2001, in its now oft-quoted statement: In the absence of firm policy guidance, the nation is rushing pell-mell toward an ad hoc system of education that exacerbates existing disparities and cannot assure a high standard of education across new modes of instruction. By allowing this policy vacuum to continue, educational leaders are failing to meet their obligation to assure that all students are provided a quality education. (National Association of State Boards of Education, 2001 p. 4)
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