Teaching & Learning

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.

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.

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.

Advocates Alarmed By ‘Backtracking’ On Teacher Standards

Disability advocates are protesting a move by the U.S. Department of Education that they say could leave students in the hands of poor-quality teachers.

Teacher Rehired Following Alleged Hot-Sauce Incident

A teacher accused of force-feeding a student with special needs crayons soaked in hot sauce is headed back to the classroom.

Special Educators Strained By Budget Cuts

Budget cuts are forcing larger class sizes, bigger case loads and leaving schools with too few staff to meet the needs of students with disabilities, special educators say.

Concerns Raised Over ‘Highly Qualified’ Teachers

When Congress acted earlier this month to end the government shutdown, lawmakers also extended a provision that advocates contend has negative implications for students with disabilities.

Special Education Testing Standards May Soon Be Tightened

The U.S. Department of Education wants to end a rule that allows states to count some students with disabilities as academically proficient even if they do not meet grade-level standards.

Thousands Caught In Special Education Testing Snafu

A leading education firm is acknowledging that it messed up when evaluating alternative assessments for thousands of students with disabilities.

Study: Charters Edge Out Neighborhood Schools In Special Education

As charter schools continue to proliferate across the country, a new study finds that they are offering benefits for students with disabilities.

Robots Offer Alternative For Homebound Students

For students unable to physically make it to school, there’s a new option: robots that allow kids to participate in class virtually without leaving their home or hospital bed.

Online Comments About Special Education Students Spark Outrage

A special education teacher is in hot water after allegedly posting photos of student tests and notes from parents on social media appended with demeaning commentary.

Groups Alarmed By Request To Ease Education Standards

Disability advocates are crying foul after some school districts sought flexibility under federal education rules, a move they say could prove harmful to students with disabilities.

Special Educators Compete For ‘Top Teacher’ Title

A special educator could be named the nation’s “top teacher” on television’s “LIVE with Kelly and Michael.”

Vanderbilt Tops Special Education Ranking

A handful of universities retained the top slots in an annual ranking of the nation’s best training programs for special educators.

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