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IEP Meetings Warrant Time Off From Work, Labor Department Says

A new opinion letter from the U.S. Department of Labor suggests that many parents of kids with disabilities are entitled to take time away from work to attend their child's IEP meetings.

August 16, 2019

Volunteers To Help Parents At IEP Meetings

A disability rights organization plans to train volunteers who will attend IEP meetings with parents and help them advocate for including their children in regular classes.

July 26, 2019
U.S. Department of Education

Trump Administration Cautioned Against Changing IDEA Policy

Disability advocates and former federal special education officials are warning of possible Trump administration moves to alter policy related to a central tenet of IDEA.

July 22, 2019

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Despite Success, Federal Funding Plummets For Special Ed Preschool

Programs for preschoolers with disabilities are required by law. But as the number of students needing services has doubled, funding per child has decreased 40 percent in two decades.

July 17, 2019
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Most States Failing To Meet Requirements Under IDEA

Fewer than half of states are meeting their obligations to properly serve students with disabilities, the U.S. Department of Education says.

July 12, 2019
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Survey Finds Teachers, Paraeducators Largely Unprepared For Students With IEPs

Special educators say that many of the teachers and paraprofessionals who work directly with students with disabilities are ill-prepared to do so.

July 9, 2019

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Parents Sue After ‘Screaming Bucket’ Placed On Boy With Autism

The parents of a 7-year-old with disabilities are suing after a school bus driver and aide allegedly placed a five-gallon bucket over the child's head because he has a tendency to scream.

June 28, 2019
U.S. Department of Education

Schools Underreporting Use Of Restraint And Seclusion, GAO Finds

U.S. Department of Education data on how frequently restraint and seclusion are used in the nation's schools is incomplete and inaccurate, government investigators say.

June 19, 2019

Parents Fight To Record IEP Meetings

Parents are asking one school district to abandon a policy barring them from recording IEP meetings, arguing that it's their legal right to have a record of what is said.

June 14, 2019

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Principal, Teachers May Be Fired After Boy Given ‘Most Annoying’ Trophy

After an 11-year-old with autism was given a trophy naming him the "Most Annoying Male" in his class, the local district is seeking to terminate the school's principal and three teachers.

June 13, 2019

Report Alleges ‘School-To-Guardianship Pipeline’

Too many people with developmental disabilities are being funneled into guardianships rather than exploring less-limiting options, a new government report finds, and schools may be to blame.

June 11, 2019

Principal Goes Extra Mile For Student With Special Needs

A first-grader with autism didn't want to face the last day of school, so the boy's principal met him at home and the two walked to class together.

June 11, 2019

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