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Letter: Appropriate measures in special education

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I'm responding to "Some students being set up to fail" [Opinion, Sept. 29] by state Board of Regents member Roger Tilles.

I'm a retired special education teacher, and I agree that special education students are set up for failure. All students can learn; however, it's not taken into account that students learn at different rates. Success in learning should be measured against a student's innate ability.

A student classified with a borderline IQ level should not be tortured by being forced to take standardized tests. Students are entitled to an appropriate education.

With the abundance of knowledge we have regarding special education and how students learn, giving these students and teachers maximum support should be the new mandate.

Denise Cato, Uniondale


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