Education

Senator Looks To Ease Burden For Parents In IDEA Disputes

A federal lawmaker says he wants to level the playing field for parents involved in special education disputes with their child’s school district.

Inclusion Rates For Special Education Students Vary By State

Where a child lives may significantly impact whether they are placed in an inclusive or segregated classroom, a new national analysis suggests.

School Districts Stressed By Lack Of Trained Specialists

A shortage of psychologists and other highly trained specialists is driving some school districts to new extremes when it comes to hiring special education staff.

Outrage After Special Education Students Forced To Sort Trash

A school district is apologizing for having students in special education dig through trash for recyclables to earn money as part of a functional skills program.

Plan For Special Education Substitutes Draws Concerns

With too few teachers on staff as the school year kicks off, one school district may rely on long-term substitutes for many special education classes.

Supreme Court Asked To Clarify Schools’ IDEA Obligations

The nation’s school district leaders are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on who should pay for a child’s private school tuition while special education disputes are litigated.

Inclusive Classrooms Provide Language Boost, Study Finds

For young children with disabilities, the key to mastering language may be surrounding them with their typically-developing peers, researchers say.

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The level of federal special education funding sent to states varies widely thanks to an outdated model that favors some locales over others, a new report finds.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

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