On December 9, 1993, special education was mugged in a dark alley. The thugs were Joe Shapiro and his gang at U.S. News and World Report (cf. Shapiro et al., 1993). Their brass knuckles and tire irons were the half-truths and full-blown distortions they patched together (with the finesse of a Mike Tyson) into a cover story entitled “Separate and Unequal: How Special Education Programs Are Cheating Our Children and Costing Taxpayers Billions Each Year.”