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A high school student with ADHD takes a quiz in the teachers’ lounge so that she can avoid distraction. The U.S. Department of Education is reminding schools of their obligation to identify and accommodate students with the condition. (Juli Leonard/The News & Observer/TNS)

Schools Reminded Not To Discriminate Against Kids With ADHD

After years of complaints from parents who say their kids have been denied services, federal officials are looking to prevent discrimination against a growing number of students with ADHD.

July 27, 2016

Education Department Steps In After School Retaliated Against Mom

The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights is forcing changes at one school district after finding that a parent was retaliated against for advocating at IEP meetings.

July 19, 2016

Trash Duty For Students With Special Needs Spurs Backlash

Stunned that fellow students with disabilities were assigned to pick up trash, one teen is pushing school administrators to abandon the practice and she has hundreds of supporters.

July 15, 2016

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When It Comes To Special Ed, Majority Of States Miss Mark

Federal education officials are calling out more than half of states for failing to meet their obligations under the nation's special education law.

July 12, 2016
Ehlena Fry and her goldendoodle, Wonder, photographed in 2015. The U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether Fry's family can seek damages from a school district that balked at the service dog's presence in the classroom. (Michigan ACLU)

Service Dog Case Headed To Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court will consider the case of a 12-year-old with cerebral palsy whose family sued after school officials tried to bar the girl from bringing her service dog to class.

July 11, 2016

Schools Reminded Not To Delay Special Ed Evaluations

Officials at the U.S. Department of Education are raising concerns that school districts are inappropriately holding up or preventing evaluations of kids who may have disabilities.

June 16, 2016

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Supreme Court Considers Whether To Address FAPE

The U.S. Supreme Court is asking the Obama administration to weigh in on a case questioning how much educational benefit schools must provide in order to satisfy the requirements of IDEA.

June 14, 2016

Despite Smarts, Few On The Spectrum College-Bound

Students with autism are often as smart or smarter than their peers, but they go to college in far fewer numbers. One program is looking to change that.

June 10, 2016

National Data Shows Kids With Disabilities Face Deep Disparities

Students with disabilities are more frequently absent from school and continue to be disciplined at far higher rates than their typically-developing peers, federal officials say.

June 7, 2016

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U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is asking leaders of the Senate Appropriations Committee to increase funding for special education services. (Senate Democrats/Flickr)

Senator Calls For Full Funding Of IDEA

An influential U.S. senator is urging his colleagues to work toward plugging a special education funding shortfall of more than $17 billion.

May 23, 2016

Feds Allocate Millions For Special Ed Training

With an eye toward increasing the number of school professionals prepared to serve kids with disabilities, federal officials are doling out millions of dollars to enhance training programs.

May 20, 2016
Holt Priest enjoys a laugh and a lunchtime ritual with a table of girls at Parkway West High School in Chesterfield, Mo. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS)

Once Isolated, Graduate With Autism Finishes On Top

He started high school isolated in special education classrooms and struggling, but with a little help, Holt Priest managed to graduate as one of his school's most popular and beloved.

May 17, 2016

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