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Ed Department Urged To Ban Seclusion In Schools

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos should ban seclusion and prohibit certain restraint techniques in the nation's schools, a dozen lawmakers say.

January 17, 2020
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Congress Hands Special Ed Hefty Funding Boost

Federal funding for special education will rise the most it has in years under a newly approved government spending plan.

January 9, 2020

Students Still Fighting For Special Education

Years after Texas education officials pledged to undo a decade worth of damage caused by a cap on special education services, the state remains in violation of federal disability laws.

January 7, 2020

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Investigation Finds Significant Barriers To Pursuing IDEA Disputes

IDEA provides parents certain options if they're unsatisfied with the education their children are receiving, but government investigators say only some families are able to take advantage.

December 4, 2019

Rights Of Special Ed Students Over 18 Ignored, Lawsuit Claims

Special education groups contend that one state is violating federal law by refusing to allow guardians to look out for certain students with disabilities after they become legal adults.

December 3, 2019

Day Care Chain Settles Suit After Expelling Girl With Down Syndrome

A national day care provider settled a lawsuit brought by the Justice Department after a girl with Down syndrome was kicked out when she couldn't conform to a corporate timeline on potty training.

November 22, 2019

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Should Every Special Education Classroom Be Recorded?

In a state that already requires cameras in special education classrooms upon request, one school district is debating whether all such classes should be recorded by default.

November 19, 2019
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Educators Charged In Death Of Teen With Autism Restrained At School

Prosecutors have filed involuntary manslaughter charges against administrators and a teacher at a school where a student with autism died after being restrained face down for nearly two hours.

November 14, 2019

How This Peanut Butter Falcon Changed The Face Of Education

On his road to becoming the lead actor in a major motion picture, Zack Gottsagen, who has Down syndrome, first had to blast through roadblocks thrown by a resistant school district.

November 12, 2019

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School Becomes Model For How Peer Groups Can Help Students In Special Ed

A program pairing typically-developing middle school students with their peers in special education is attracting wide notice for how it's changing school culture.

November 5, 2019
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Future Uncertain For College Programs Serving Students With Disabilities

Federal support for many colleges serving students with intellectual disabilities expires next year, and programs are scrambling to identify new sources of funding.

October 30, 2019

Judge: District Wrongly Put Student In Special Needs Program To Avoid State Testing

A judge ruled that a school district inappropriately forced a student into a specialized program for those with the lowest IQ's and advocates say there may be thousands of others just like him.

October 25, 2019

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