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Printed copies of the president's budget for the 2017 fiscal year are delivered to the Senate Budget Committee hearing room in the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/TNS)

Under Obama Budget, Disability Program Funding Little Changed

President Barack Obama's $4.1 trillion budget includes a bump in funds for special education programs serving young kids, but spending on school-age children would largely remain flat.

February 9, 2016
Some hiccups are emerging as Texas looks to implement what's believed to be a first-of-its-kind law requiring schools to install cameras upon request in special education classrooms. (Thinkstock)

Concerns Mar Implementation Of Special Ed Cameras Law

Some hiccups are emerging as Texas looks to implement what's believed to be a first-of-its-kind law requiring schools to install cameras upon request in special education classrooms.

February 3, 2016
In an annual report to Congress, the U.S. Department of Education said that students with disabilities are spending an increasing amount of time in general education classrooms. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Report: Inclusion On Rise In Nation’s Schools

A growing number of students with disabilities are spending most of the day in regular education classrooms alongside their typically-developing peers, according to new federal statistics.

February 2, 2016

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Kids Get ‘Ability Awareness’ Training

Through a series of exercises, typically-developing children are getting a glimpse of what it's like to live with a wide array of disabilities.

January 26, 2016
A new report is highlighting a deep divide in graduation rates for students with disabilities as compared to their typically-developing peers. (Jason E. Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Graduation Rates Lagging For Students With Disabilities

As the nation sees record-setting high school graduation rates, a new report finds that students with disabilities are struggling to keep up.

January 22, 2016
The U.S. Supreme Court is asking for the federal government's take before deciding whether to hear a special education case. (Thinkstock)

Supreme Court Seeks Input On Special Education Matter

The U.S. Supreme Court is asking the Obama administration to weigh in as it considers whether to take up a case brought by the family of a girl who sought to bring her service dog to school.

January 21, 2016

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President Barack Obama signs a compromise $1.1 trillion spending package that funds the government through September 2016 in the Oval Office at the White House. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

Feds Boost Spending On Special Ed, Disability Programs

With funding gains for special education, housing and other disability programs, advocates say the federal government's latest budget is a step in the right direction.

January 19, 2016

Special Ed Testing Accommodations Backfire

New tools meant to help students in special education take standardized tests actually made them harder, many teachers and administrators say.

January 12, 2016

Schools Cited For Widespread ADA Violations

Federal officials are demanding action after an investigation revealed that the vast majority of elementary schools in the nation's largest district are inaccessible.

January 5, 2016

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As the U.S. high school graduation rate hit a record high for the 2013–2014 school year, students with disabilities also saw improvement, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Education. (Thinkstock)

Graduation Rate Trending Up For Students With Disabilities

For the third year in row, federal officials say that the graduation rate for the nation's students with disabilities is on the rise.

December 17, 2015
President Barack Obama signs the Every Student Succeeds Act into law in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House on Thursday. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

Education Law Tightens Testing Cap For Students With Disabilities

With a new federal law, the nation's education landscape is getting an overhaul and advocates say they expect the changes are a step in the right direction for students with disabilities.

December 10, 2015

Pediatricians Told To Bone Up On IDEA

A major physicians' group is urging doctors to learn more about special education services and to take a hands-on role in advocating for kids with disabilities.

December 8, 2015

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