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For Families With Limited English Proficiency, IEP Meetings Often Lost In Translation

Non-native English speakers have long struggled to access disability services for themselves and their children, say advocates who are urging state agencies to create language access plans.

December 8, 2023
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Many Special Ed Teachers Are Working In Regular Ed Classrooms

An analysis shows that one state could fill its vacancies three times over if it lured back special education teachers from less-grueling regular education classrooms.

December 5, 2023
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Biden Administration Works To Increase Preschool Inclusion

Federal officials are outlining steps that states, schools and others should take to alleviate "significant barriers" children with disabilities face accessing inclusive child care programs.

November 30, 2023

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Disability Studies Programs Popping Up At More Universities

Many see the current surge in interest in disability studies as part of a sea change sweeping their discipline, and the student populations they serve.

November 29, 2023
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Ed Department Finds Students With Disabilities Disproportionately Disciplined

For the first time in years, federal education officials are releasing data showing how the experiences of students with disabilities in the nation's schools vary from others and the picture is stark.

November 16, 2023

Judge Rules School District Let Special Ed Student ‘Abscond’ From Classes

One school system could be on the hook for more than $300,000 after a judge found that a special education student was allowed to "escape" dozens of hours of classes whenever he wanted.

November 7, 2023

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Schools Nationwide Report Shortage Of Special Educators

New data shows that schools across the country continue to be plagued by a shortage of teachers trained to work with students who have disabilities.

October 20, 2023
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School District Accused Of Failing Students With IEPs, Causing ‘Mental Health Crisis’

Parents say their children have had suicidal thoughts and need mental health services after their school district failed to offer supports and unfairly disciplined students labeled as "behavior kids."

October 17, 2023

Ed Department Update Of Disability Regulations In Limbo

Months after the U.S. Department of Education was expected to propose new rules for one of the main laws affecting students with disabilities, nothing has materialized.

October 16, 2023

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Feds Aim To Ease Shortage Of Special Educators

With schools facing persistent shortages of special education staff, federal officials are investing millions to attract and retain personnel to support kids with disabilities.

October 10, 2023

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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