Special education students continue to get short-changed. Are we going back in time? I currently have 19 Learning Disabled, Emotionally Impaired, and other high needs students in a class. These students take the same state mandated tests. Their scores often bring down the overall school average. So does it make sense to add more in a class? Will suddenly their academic needs improve due to the presence of additional students? Is this the best solution to assisting disabled students in the general curriculum or prepare them for life after high school? No, no. no. Let's stop balancing a budget on the backs of the neediest population. Better yet, stop balancing the budget with so-called educational reform. Come in to my classroom, sit down and stay awhile. Wait, that would require an extra seat.