Education

Special Education Funding Lopsided, Report Finds

The level of federal special education funding sent to states varies widely thanks to an outdated model that favors some locales over others, a new report finds.

Feds Concerned Over Increased Leeway For IEP Teams

A move to give IEP teams in one state more latitude over determining graduation requirements for students with disabilities is raising red flags.

Sheltered Workshop Eligibility May Soon Be Limited

Federal lawmakers are moving forward with a plan to require most students with disabilities to try competitive employment before they could be employed by sheltered workshops.

Most States Deficient In Special Education

Federal education officials are dramatically altering the way they evaluate compliance with special education law and the change means far fewer states are living up to expectations.

Schools May Be Underreporting Restraint, Seclusion

Students were subject to restraint and seclusion hundreds of thousands of times in one school year, a new analysis finds, and that’s likely just the tip of the iceberg.

Disability An ‘Advantage’ For Valedictorian On The Spectrum

Defying the odds, a teen with autism who was once in a self-contained classroom and relied on a one-to-one aide is graduating high school as his class valedictorian.

Mascot Gig Transforms Teen With Autism

Autism left Andrese Duke, 13, shy and often isolated from his classmates, but that all changed when he took on the role of his school’s mascot.

Technology Gaining Foothold In Special Education

Special education programs are increasingly relying on tablets, apps and other technology to help students with disabilities despite scant research to support the practice.

Impromptu School Transfers Halted Under Agreement

A federal judge signed off this week on a settlement that formally ends a school district policy of transferring kids with autism from school to school with no warning to their families.

School District Defends Teacher In Toilet Brush Incident

A special education teacher who gave her students a toilet brush and cleanser as a graduation gift is not facing discipline despite calls from at least one parent that she be fired.

Study Finds Reading Possible Despite Low IQ

For students with intellectual disability, functional skills are often prioritized over academics, but a new study finds that children with low IQ are capable of learning to read.

Test Maker Settles Disability Suit With Justice Department

In a deal with the federal government, the maker of a standardized test is agreeing to sweeping changes to ensure those with disabilities receive the accommodations they’re entitled to.

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