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Students With Disabilities Struggle In Remote Classes

Months into the school year, students with disabilities in one district's remote study program are still grappling with nonexistent or slow-to-arrive accommodations and services.

December 17, 2021
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Pandemic’s Strain On Special Education Services Grows Critical

Some students with disabilities are going without speech, physical and occupational therapy that they're entitled to because schools don't have enough therapists to go around.

December 10, 2021

Justice Department Finds School District Violated Law By Restraining, Secluding Students

The U.S. Department of Justice has settled with a school district after finding that educators "systematically and improperly" secluded and restrained students with disabilities thousands of times.

December 7, 2021

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Abuse Claims Against Teachers Renew Calls For More Cameras In Special Ed Classrooms

After two educators were accused of pinching children who are nonverbal and stifling their cries, parents and advocates say there needs to be more use of cameras in special education classrooms.

December 3, 2021
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Survey Finds Schools Failing To Offer Compensatory Services To Students In Special Ed

The vast majority of students with disabilities have been offered no compensatory services, a new survey finds, despite concerns from parents about learning loss and regression amid the pandemic.

November 19, 2021
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Biden Names Pick For Special Education Chief

The country may soon see a new top special education official.

November 16, 2021

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Federal Judge Blocks State Ban On Mask Mandates In Schools

A state executive order banning public schools from imposing mask mandates cannot be enforced because it violates federal law by putting students with disabilities at greater risk of COVID-19.

November 12, 2021

Rule Change Upends Special Education For Some

A change to a state rule intended to ensure that only 1% of students are deemed to have the most significant cognitive disabilities suddenly took away help many had received for years.

November 9, 2021

Paraprofessionals Are Short-Handed, Exhausted

For many schools that rely on paraprofessionals to serve students with disabilities, a shortage of workers coupled with inadequate pay for existing staffers is making for a dire situation.

November 5, 2021

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With Masks Optional At Some Schools, Students With Disabilities Feel Cast Aside

Parents argue that a ban on mask mandates effectively kept children with certain disabilities from campus this semester despite federal laws guaranteeing them access to public education.

November 3, 2021

Students With Special Needs Acutely Affected By Bus Driver Shortage

A nationwide school bus driver shortage is leading to longer-than-usual rides and off-schedule pickups, cutting short schooling for students entitled to transportation as part of their IEPs.

November 2, 2021
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Ed Department Reminds States Of Early Intervention Obligations Under IDEA

Amid concerns about a decline in referrals, federal officials are pressing states to ensure that young kids with disabilities receive the early intervention services they're entitled to.

November 1, 2021

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