This article Definitely hits the key issues:
Children with special needs need to be included in mainstream classrooms and held to the same standards as their “typical” peers. If this standard isn’t kept, won’t it be difficult to accurately determine children’s progress and hold educators accountable?
What if we kept programs like these in place because they allow for measurable outcomes, which are necessary in order to promote accountability and best help each child? There is definitely room for improvement with NCLB, but changing IEPs or 504s will not improve the functioning of children with special needs.
This appears to be more about decreasing budget deficits than actually helping these kids.