The Promise of Special Education


A Guide for Parents and Policymakers
Paperback — March 2016
by S. Lee Funk, Ed.D. (Author)

Format: Paperback $39


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“The guidance in this book is an invaluable tool to anyone looking for a deeper understanding of the Special Education program.”
—Vicki L. Barber, Ed.D., former Superintendent of El Dorado County Office of Education, Co-Executive Director of California’s Statewide Task Force on Special Education

For anyone engaged in setting education policy or state law, The Promise of Special Education is an essential, comprehensive resource necessary to inform any decision that touches the $80 billion spent annually in support of students with disabilities.

For school administrators and boards of trustees, reading The Promise of Special Education is a first-step must-read to ensure a full alliance (or partnership) with school staff assigned with the challenge of working under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act—one of the most complicated and litigious of all federal mandates.

For parents and guardians of the more than 6 million children with disabilities nationwide, The Promise of Special Education is a one-of-kind resource that educates on how school programs operate and why, in a readable and understandable format.



About the author: S. Lee Funk, Ed.D.

S. Lee Funk, Ed.D.
Director — Special Education at School Innovations & Achievement

With more than thirty years as an educator in California, Dr. Lee Funk brings wide-ranging experience to SI&A. In addition to his ten years as a superintendent, Dr. Funk worked as an assistant superintendent, staff developer, principal and teacher. He is highly respected for his dedication to students with disabilities and has chaired steering committees as well as governing councils for agencies providing regional services in Special Education.

Dr. Funk has presented throughout the country on issues related to instruction, alternative schools, and special programs. While serving as superintendent he was named “Administrator of the Year” by the Butte County Association of California School Administrators and as a “Star Administrator” by Future Farmers of America.

Dr. Funk is an active member of numerous professional organizations including Council for Exceptional Children, Phi Delta Kappa, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and Educators for Social Responsibility.

He holds a doctorate from the University of San Francisco in Organization and Leadership, a Master’s degree in Special Education and a Bachelor’s in Liberal Studies, the latter two from California State University, Chico.