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Ed Department Issues New Guidance On Special Education During Pandemic

The U.S. Department of Education is offering up details about how states and schools can address special education disputes in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 23, 2020

School Cites Legal Reasons For Omitting Students With Special Needs From Yearbook

After taking heat on social media when students in a transition program were left out of a high school yearbook, school officials are blaming privacy laws.

June 23, 2020
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Schools Continue To Win Most Special Ed Disputes

Three years after a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision on the rights of students with disabilities, a new analysis suggests the ruling hasn't changed things much.

June 19, 2020

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Parents, Educators Split Over Resuming In-Person Special Education

As one state gears up to allow in-person special education again, parents and educators are sharply divided about whether the benefits outweigh the risks.

June 16, 2020

State To Allow In-Person Special Education This Summer

After pressure from parents, officials in one state have decided to allow necessary in-person special education to resume this summer even as school remains closed for most students.

June 9, 2020
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With Schools Shut, Life Skills Program For Students With Disabilities Hits The Road

Unable to welcome students to the 5,000-square-foot mini-town where they practice banking, going to the movies, the salon and more, a life skills program is setting up in kids' front yards.

June 4, 2020

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School Groups Want Flexibility On Special Ed Spending Due To COVID-19

Federal law requires school districts to spend at least as much each year on special ed as they did the last, but in light of the pandemic, school leaders want Congress to ease up on this mandate.

May 29, 2020

Nonverbal Students Being Denied An Education During Pandemic, Lawsuit Says

A federal lawsuit that could affect thousands claims that students with disabilities are being illegally denied an education during the government-ordered coronavirus school shutdown.

May 27, 2020
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Feds Offer Guidance On Voc Rehab Services Amid Coronavirus

Vocational rehabilitation agencies can continue to serve individuals with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic, though some adjustments may be needed, federal officials say.

May 15, 2020

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Remote Learning Continues, But Students With Disabilities Still Falling Behind

Experts, teachers and caregivers contend students in special education stand to lose the most as remote learning continues given their differing needs and varying levels of family support.

May 14, 2020
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Apple Boosts Assistance For Those With Disabilities

With the COVID-19 pandemic increasing reliance on technology, Apple says it is rolling out extra help for people with disabilities using its products for remote learning and other purposes.

May 7, 2020

How Some Schools Did Away With Restraint And Seclusion

Educators often refer to restraint and seclusion as necessary to manage challenging kids. But some schools have found ways to stop using the practices and they're teaching others to do so too.

May 5, 2020

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