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Ed Department Expands Investigations Of Mask Policies And Disability Rights

Not long after opening investigations into whether bans on mask mandates in five states violate the civil rights of students with disabilities, the Education Department is initiating another.

September 14, 2021

Pandemic Leaves Families Of Children In Special Ed Feeling Left Behind

With a wildly spreading delta variant, many families of vulnerable children with disabilities feel forgotten by state and school leaders and disregarded by those who reject mask wearing.

September 9, 2021
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Ed Department: Mask Mandate Bans May Violate Rights Of Students With Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education is opening investigations into five states where officials say limits on school mask mandates may be in violation of federal disability laws.

August 31, 2021

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Feds Say Nearly Every State Short On Special Educators

Schools in almost every state are scrambling to find enough special education teachers to meet demand as they welcome students back for the new academic year.

August 30, 2021

Growing Up Is Hard, Especially For Young People With Disabilities

Young adults with disabilities say the transition to adulthood is filled with extra challenges and schools, disability providers and health officials need to better prepare families.

August 26, 2021
U.S. Department of Education building

Ed Department Weighs In On Special Ed Requirements Amid Ongoing Pandemic

As many students with disabilities return to school in person for the first time in over a year, federal education officials are spelling out what districts nationwide need to do to serve them.

August 25, 2021

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Schools Settle With Justice Department Over Discipline Of Students With Autism

Federal investigators found that officials in one district made parents pick up their kids, disciplined students for disability-related behavior and called law enforcement to remove students.

August 24, 2021

Parents Of High-Risk Students Face Tough Decisions Amid Delta Surge

With many schools making masks optional, parents of children with disabilities and other health issues that put them at high risk for COVID-19 are left with few options to keep their kids safe.

August 18, 2021

Schools Struggling To Find Paraprofessionals

The need for aides in special education is "desperate" as schools compete with Amazon and other employers to attract workers willing to take on the job's lower pay and high demands.

August 13, 2021

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New Standards Finalized For Postsecondary Programs

For the first time, accreditation standards are in place that are intended to be used as a baseline to assess the hundreds of postsecondary programs across the nation serving students with IDD.

August 10, 2021

School Mask Mandate Ban Deadly To Students With Disabilities, Federal Lawsuit Says

Parents are challenging a state ban on mask mandates in schools arguing that it violates the ADA and endangers students with disabilities by putting them at greater risk of COVID-19.

August 10, 2021
School classroom

Schools, Parents Aim To Make Up Pandemic Losses For Students In Special Ed

After students with disabilities missed out on services during the pandemic, some schools say they will try to make up for lost learning, but parents and advocates worry it won't be enough.

July 30, 2021

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