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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Feds Warn Charters On Special Education

Charters must provide special education services and ensure students with disabilities are not discriminated against just like traditional public schools, federal education officials say.

Graduation Rates Fall Short For Students With Disabilities

More Americans are graduating high school than ever before, but students with disabilities remain far behind their typically-developing peers, a new report finds.

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.

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.

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.

Congress Gives Special Education $500 Million Boost

After being pounded by budget cuts last year, special education is set to see some relief under a deal approved by Congress.

Schools Allegedly Using Emergency Rooms For Timeout

A group of parents are suing after they say their children with disabilities were repeatedly sent from school to hospital emergency rooms in response to tantrums and other behavior issues.

Nationwide, Families Feel Pinch Of Special Education Cuts

Increased class sizes, decreased services and placement changes are among the effects parents say budget cuts are having on students in special education.

Video Of Self-Advocate Silenced By School Board Goes Viral

When a 14-year-old went before his local school board to take issue with the implementation of his IEP, he was rebuffed and now video of the incident is going viral.

Sequester Hits Special Education Like ‘Ton of Bricks’

With the start of the new school year, students in special education are beginning to feel the effects of major federal funding cuts which are leading to less staff and fewer services.

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