Education

Justice Department Urges Shift Away From Sheltered Workshops

In a first-of-its-kind settlement, the U.S. Department of Justice says a state has committed to overhaul its system of sheltered workshops and day programs for people with disabilities.

Demand Soars For Special Education Boarding Schools

As the number of students with disabilities attending residential schools in one state continues to rise, there are mounting concerns about the costs associated with such programs.

Teach For America To Bolster Special Education Training

A program that places recent college graduates in teaching positions across the country after just weeks of training says it will beef up its focus on special education.

Harsh Discipline More Common For Students With Disabilities

Federal officials say schools are restraining and secluding kids with disabilities far more often than other children and are disproportionately referring them to law enforcement.

Suspensions Place Kids With Disabilities At Risk, Report Finds

A panel of national experts is calling out schools for suspending students with disabilities at disproportionately high rates.

Feds To School: Retaliation In IEP Process Not OK

Federal education officials say that a school district went too far when a sheriff’s deputy was sent to visit the parents of a special education student following their IEP meeting.

Special Education Ranking Puts Vanderbilt On Top

A handful of familiar names are topping this year’s U.S. News & World Report ranking of training programs for special educators.

Lawmakers Press For Full Funding Of Special Education

Even as President Barack Obama called for virtually no change to special education spending in his budget proposal, members of Congress are looking to fully fund the program.

Concerns Raised Over Testing Kids With Severe Disabilities

As stories emerge of students with even the most severe disabilities being forced to take standardized tests, officials in one state are starting to rethink the approach.

White House Urged To Fully Fund IDEA

A federal agency and more than 130 members of Congress are calling on President Barack Obama to allocate more funding for special education in his upcoming budget proposal.

Report Prompts Renewed Push To Limit Restraint, Seclusion

Widespread use of restraint and seclusion in the nation’s schools is putting kids with disabilities at risk and current laws offer families little recourse, a U.S. Senate investigation finds.

Citing Special Education Background, Clay Aiken Running For Congress

One-time “American Idol” contestant Clay Aiken is bidding for a seat in Congress and he’s citing his experience as a special educator as he throws his hat in the ring.

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