Delegate David Vogt Proposes Education Reform For Children With Disabilities

Ben’s Rule would allow parents of children with disabilities to exempt their children from PARCC testing under Common Core Standards

On Thursday, Delegate David Vogt (R-District 4) unveiled legislation that would allow children with disabilities to be exempted from taking a Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment in public schools.  All public school children are currently administered PARCC assessments as part of Maryland adopting Common Core Standards.  Ben’s Rule, named after a young student with disabilities from Frederick County, would grant more autonomy to parents and local administrators.

“Children with disabilities deserve better than to be thrown into a one-size-fits-all education policy that doesn’t account for their individual needs and strengths,” Vogt said.  “I firmly believe that parents, local teachers, and administrators are better at developing individualized education programs than people who sit on some board somewhere and will never meet these children.”

“Ben’s parents, along with countless others, have begged for legislation just like this.  Ben and other children like him deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.  We should fight for those who cannot fight for themselves.  This bill is one of the first steps,” Vogt concluded.


2 Comments on Delegate David Vogt Proposes Education Reform For Children With Disabilities

  1. Melissa A. Blodgett // February 20, 2015 at 6:46 pm //

    As a special educator in the Prince Georges County Public system I am behind you 110%! What can I do to help get this legislation passed?

    • Thank you for commenting. You can contact Delegate Vogt via email David.Vogt @ or call his office at 410-841-3118, 301-858-3118, or toll-free at 1-800-492-7122 ext. 3118. As of now, the bill has not been scheduled for a committee hearing. Once the bill is schedule for a committee hearing, it would be helpful to contact the members of that committee and urge them to vote favorably on this bill. Committee membership information can be found on the MD General Assembly’s website. You can also write letters to the editor supporting Vogt’s bill, which is HB 1141 and can be found here: Thanks.

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