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Controversial And Often Used Practices Cause Harm, Even Death, Among Students With Disabilities

With scant oversight, schools routinely restrain students or confine them in small rooms. Parents don't always know. Abuses and discrimination occur. Children are traumatized, injured, even die.

November 29, 2022
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Pandemic, Staff Shortages Prompt Surge In Special Education Complaints

Complaint data from one state and interviews with advocates and educators suggest that schools are failing to provide legally required services to students with disabilities at record-high rates.

November 16, 2022
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Ed Department Wants Expedited Evaluations For Students With Disabilities Who Move

Citing concerns from stakeholders, federal education officials are telling schools to do more to help students with disabilities who move from one district to another.

November 14, 2022

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Jury Awards $45 Million Over Alleged Abuse Of Students With Autism

The family of twins who are nonverbal has won a $45 million judgment against their school district after alleging that a teacher's aide used hand sanitizer to inflict pain on the children.

November 7, 2022
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Not All Schools Use Restraint Or Seclusion. Here’s A Look At Some Alternatives

Each year, tens of thousands of American students — most of whom have disabilities — are restrained and secluded at school. But alternative approaches show the practices may not be necessary.

November 4, 2022
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Feds Raise Red Flags About Delayed Special Ed Evaluations, Other IDEA Violations

New guidance warns that children suspected of having disabilities are waiting too long for evaluations and special education services are not being fully implemented for some young kids.

November 3, 2022

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Supreme Court To Weigh In On Special Ed Disputes

The U.S. Supreme Court will soon hear arguments in a case centering on how families and schools go about resolving disputes over services for students with disabilities.

October 27, 2022

Parents, Teachers Plead For Help Over Special Ed Staff Shortages

With special education staff stretched dangerously thin at some schools, concerns are being raised about compliance and safety for students with disabilities.

October 25, 2022
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Ed Department Warns States Not To Waive Requirements For Special Education Teachers

Federal officials are telling states not to lower expectations for teacher qualifications even as schools struggle to fill openings in special education.

October 17, 2022

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There’s A Shortage Of Special Education Teachers — And That’s Nothing New

Schools are scrambling to fill special education slots by dangling bonuses and incentives. But, says one advocate, "that's kind of a Band-Aid on a bullet hole."

October 4, 2022

Kids With Autism Are Less Likely To Go To College. This Freshman Proved Educators Wrong

A mother and daughter celebrated an educational triumph when moving the 18-year-old student with autism into her dorm.

September 27, 2022

Lawsuit: Parents Say Special Education Cases Are Rigged Against Them

In just over a decade, hearing officers in one state ruled for parents in only 13 of 847 cases, according to a federal class action lawsuit.

September 26, 2022

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