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Major Flaws Identified With IDEA Complaint System

One of the main tools IDEA offers families unsatisfied with special education services is the ability to file a complaint with their state, but new evidence suggests the process is riddled with problems.

September 26, 2023
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School Districts Sue Over Rule Extending Special Ed Through Age 22

A school boards association and three districts are suing one state to stop a new requirement that schools offer services to students with disabilities through age 22.

September 22, 2023
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Ed Department Offers Up Nearly $199 Million To Improve Outcomes For Students With Disabilities

The federal government is investing big bucks to tackle the needs of young people with disabilities as they transition to adulthood.

September 20, 2023

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House Panel Advances Bill Clarifying Parents’ Rights At IEP Meetings

Legislation designed to ensure that parents of students with disabilities are aware of a key right during individualized education program meetings is moving forward in Congress.

September 19, 2023
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Under Pressure, State Changes Cutoff Age For Special Ed

Following similar changes in Connecticut, Hawaii and Rhode Island, Pennsylvania students with disabilities will now be able to attend school until age 22, a change forced by a lawsuit.

September 5, 2023
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Two-Thirds Of NYC Public Schools Not Fully Accessible

More than two-thirds of schools in the nation's largest district are not fully accessible for students with disabilities, making many programs out of reach for kids with limited mobility.

August 25, 2023

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Feds Investigating School District Accused Of Banning Parent In Retaliation

A mother who has been advocating for better resources for students with disabilities in her small town has been barred from all of the local school district's campuses under threat of arrest.

August 22, 2023
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Special Education Teacher Shortage Persists Nationally

As the school year gets underway, the vast majority of states are reporting a shortage of special education staff, prompting districts to skimp on services and reassign students with disabilities.

August 17, 2023

High School Serves As Model For Inclusive Learning

There are no special education classrooms at one high school where all students are in general education and a scaffolding of support is built around each individual to meet their needs.

August 4, 2023

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State Cited For Allowing Undertrained Teachers To Work In Special Ed

The U.S. Department of Education is putting one state on notice for letting teachers holding temporary licenses work in special education classrooms for too long.

August 1, 2023

Ed Department Tells States To Step Up IDEA Compliance

Citing a pattern of failures, federal education officials are issuing new guidance pressuring states to improve their oversight of special education programs.

July 25, 2023

Students Illegally Denied Up To A Year Of Special Ed, Lawsuit Claims

Federal law entitles students with disabilities to an education until they earn a high school diploma or turn 22. But a lawsuit alleges that one state is forcing students to graduate before then.

July 18, 2023

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