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School, Staffers Indicted In Restraint Death Of 13-Year-Old With Autism

A now-shuttered school and three former employees have been indicted in the 2018 death of a 13-year-old with autism who was held in a face-down restraint for nearly two hours, authorities said.

July 26, 2022
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Biden Administration Warns Schools About Disciplining Students With Disabilities

With new guidance, the U.S. Department of Education is putting schools on notice that they need to rethink the way they are disciplining students with disabilities.

July 20, 2022
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Most States Repeatedly Fail To Meet Special Ed Responsibilities, Education Department Finds

More than half of states have failed to meet their obligations to students with disabilities under IDEA for at least the last two years, federal officials say.

July 18, 2022

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School Staff Shortages Continue Into Summer, Pushing Special Ed Classes Online

The staffing shortages that plagued schools during the academic year are continuing this summer, curtailing extended school year services for some students with disabilities.

July 15, 2022
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Across US, Special Education Enrollment On The Rise

The number of students with disabilities in the nation's public schools is growing, according to new federal data.

June 24, 2022
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How To Access Compensatory Services For Students With Disabilities

Following school disruptions brought on by the pandemic, advocates say that many children with disabilities should qualify for compensatory services, but families may need to work to get them.

June 6, 2022

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Ed Department Ramps Up Disability Related Compliance Reviews

With a slew of new actions and additional resources, federal education officials are taking steps to ensure that students with disabilities and their families can access school services.

May 24, 2022

Boy With Autism Still Missing A Year After Walking Out Of School

In May 2021, 11-year-old Ryan Larsen walked out of his elementary school in between classes. A year later, there are few signs of the boy's whereabouts.

May 24, 2022
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School District Passes Controversial Deaf Education Plan

In a move that faced strong opposition, the nation's second largest district will make American Sign Language and English the standard for early intervention for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

May 13, 2022

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Ed Department To Update Disability Regulations

Federal education officials say they plan to revise regulations for one of the main laws affecting students with disabilities after leaving them largely untouched for 45 years.

May 11, 2022

School District Agrees To Pay $2.5 Million, Make Changes After Pica Choking Death

After a student died from choking on a disposable glove in class, one school district is agreeing to implement a pica safety protocol and to be more transparent about special education staffing.

May 10, 2022

Nonverbal First Grader Suffered Abuse At Hands Of Teachers For Months, Parents Say

A first grader who is nonverbal was abused by his teacher and aide for months, his parents say, with video showing incidents where the boy was hit in the face with an object and dragged to his desk.

May 3, 2022

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