IDEA & IEPs

Schools Warned On Pushing Families Into Due Process

Federal education officials are warning school districts to think twice before forcing parents into potentially long and costly due process proceedings.

Lawmakers Look To Rein In Alternative Diplomas

A new proposal in Congress would ensure that parents of students with disabilities are provided more information before their child is taken off track for a regular diploma.

Efforts Underway To Fully Fund IDEA

Lawmakers in Congress are renewing efforts to ensure that the federal government lives up to its promise to fully fund special education.

In Practice, IDEA Remedies May Not Be Available To All

Family income appears to be a major factor influencing whether parents will seek mediation or due process in special education disputes with their child’s school district, a new study finds.

Feds: IDEA Still Applies When Students Incarcerated

Kids with disabilities have the right to a free appropriate public education complete with academics, therapies and other supports even if they’re locked up, federal officials say.

Minorities Often Skipped In Autism Identification

The number of schoolchildren with autism has increased nationwide in recent years, but a new study suggests that some kids are still being overlooked.

Schools Must Offer Communication Supports, Feds Say

The Obama administration is reminding schools of their wide-ranging responsibilities to students with disabilities who struggle with speech and other communication difficulties.

Feds Warn Schools On Bullying Of Kids With Disabilities

In response to an increasing number of complaints, federal officials are reminding schools of their responsibilities to ensure that students with disabilities are not subjected to bullying.

Supreme Court Seeks Input On IDEA Case

The U.S. Supreme Court is asking the Obama administration to weigh in on a case involving who should pay for private school tuition while special education disputes are litigated.

Families Turn To Social Media With Special Ed Complaints

Social media shaming increasingly is a tactic parents employ when calling, emailing or sitting through IEP meetings does not get the results they seek.

Former Students Offered Make-Up Special Education Services

A federal judge is ordering one state to offer services to some 1,800 former special education students who were forced out of public schools two years early.

Due Process Hearings On Decline

Fewer special education disputes between parents and school districts are escalating to due process hearings, a new government report finds.

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.

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