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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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Staffing Problems Prompt Safety Concerns For Students With Disabilities

Support staff who assist students with disabilities in one school district are speaking out about unsafe conditions caused by staff shortages.

September 23, 2022

Apartment-Style Classroom Prepares Students In Special Ed For Life After High School

Through lessons in an apartment setting, high school students with disabilities are gaining hands-on experience with everything from cooking and laundry to maintaining an exercise routine.

September 20, 2022

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Staff Shortages Could Cut School Week To 4 Days For Students In Special Ed

As educator shortages plague school districts from coast to coast, one district is working to redeploy special ed support staff to avoid a shortened week that would lead to a longer school year.

September 13, 2022
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Ed Department Wants Input On Improving IDEA Scorecards

Every year the U.S. Department of Education evaluates how well each state is meeting its obligations under IDEA. Now, the agency is seeking feedback as it considers changes to the process.

September 9, 2022
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Thousands May Join Class Action Suit Over Special Education Delays

An estimated 15,000 families could be part of a class action lawsuit accusing one state of taking far longer than IDEA allows to resolve disputes about how their children should be educated.

August 26, 2022

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Students With Disabilities Often Overlooked In Gifted Programming

"Twice exceptional" children face unique challenges: Their disability can mask their smarts, leaving their talents undiscovered at school.

August 23, 2022
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Kids In Special Ed Were Shifted Back Online. Is It A Move To The Virtual Basement?

Distance learning left lots of students with disabilities far behind. Advocates say moving their pandemic recovery services online could well make things worse.

August 19, 2022
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Nonprofit Teaches Schoolchildren Disability Empathy

Through simulations and interactions, a unique nonprofit is giving schoolchildren across the country an opportunity to understand what it means to have autism, be blind or use a wheelchair.

August 16, 2022

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Schools Nationwide Expect Special Ed Teacher Shortages This Fall

As students return to class for the new school year, all but three states are reporting that they expect to be short on special education teachers and the other states may not be far behind.

August 11, 2022

Caregiver Shortage Threatens College Dream Of Student With Cerebral Palsy

Noah Spaulding hopes to live on campus at Messiah University this fall, but he has always relied on round-the-clock help and a shortage of caregivers might prevent him from leaving home.

August 9, 2022
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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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