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Brian Schwanwede, who has Asperger's syndrome, enjoys lunch with fellow students on the campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, N.J. A U.S. senator is asking the U.S. Department of Education to make it easier for students with disabilities to learn about accommodations available on college campuses. (Kevin R. Wexler/The Record/TNS)

Greater Transparency Urged For College Disability Services

Amid concerns from advocates, a U.S. senator is calling on federal education officials to make information about disability services at the nation's colleges more readily available.

November 20, 2015
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said new guidance clarifying that IEP goals should align with grade-level standards will help ensure that students with disabilities are prepared for college and career. (U.S. Department of Education/Flickr)

Feds: IEPs Should Align With Grade-Level Standards

Beyond offering a free appropriate public education, IEPs for students with disabilities should meet grade-level requirements, federal education officials say.

November 17, 2015
Kindergarten students line up for lunch at a charter school in Los Angeles. Findings from a new report suggest that special education enrollment is on the rise at charters. (Katie Falkenberg/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Inclusion More Common At Charter Schools, Report Finds

Long derided for welcoming too few kids with disabilities, a new report finds that a growing percentage of charter school students qualify for special education.

November 12, 2015

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Schools Cited For Pushing Out Special Education Students

Multiple school districts in one of the nation's largest states used truancy charges to usher out students with disabilities in violation of federal law, an investigation finds.

November 9, 2015
The family of a Michigan girl with cerebral palsy is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take up their case. (Thinkstock)

Supreme Court Asked To Weigh In On Service Dog Case

A court case pitting a girl with cerebral palsy against school officials who tried to deny her access to her service dog may be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

October 30, 2015
A new report from the Government Accountability Office finds that IDEA’s maintenance of effort requirement may be overly rigid, potentially limiting innovation and prompting funding cuts for general education programs. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/San Jose Mercury News/TNS)

Increased Flexibility Urged For Special Ed Funding

A strict requirement that schools keep up their spending on special education year to year may have unintended consequences, federal investigators say.

October 23, 2015

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Preliminary data for the 2013-2014 school year suggests that graduation rates for students with and without disabilities increased. (Bettina Hansen/Seattle Times/TNS)

Graduation Rates Rise For Students With Disabilities

The majority of states are reporting improvement in their graduation rates for students with disabilities.

October 20, 2015
An analysis of court decisions related to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act suggests a lopsided legal picture across the country. (Thinkstock)

Handful Of States Account For Most IDEA Court Decisions

Special education disputes are far more likely to be litigated in some states than others, with a new report finding that just 10 states account for nearly two thirds of all court decisions.

October 13, 2015

Disabilities No Barrier At All-Inclusive Preschools

With a new federal directive, there's a push for more of the nation's preschools to educate children with disabilities alongside their typically-developing peers.

October 9, 2015

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The Justice Department says that school resource officers may need to modify their procedures when dealing with students with disabilities to ensure that the children’s rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act aren’t violated. (Stan Carroll/The Commercial Appeal/TNS)

Feds: School Resource Officers Must Be Mindful Of ADA

The U.S. Department of Justice is weighing in on the responsibilities of law enforcement officers stationed at schools when they interact with children who have disabilities.

October 6, 2015

Obama Administration Sues School Over Service Dog

The U.S. Department of Justice is suing an elementary school for allegedly barring a student with disabilities from bringing her service dog to class unless a handler comes too.

September 30, 2015
One-to-one assistants spend far less time engaged with students as compared to teachers and classroom assistants, a new study suggests. (Nabil K. Mark/Centre Daily Times/TNS)

Study Questions Effectiveness Of One-To-Ones In Special Ed

Many students receiving special education services are supported by one-to-ones, but new research suggests these assistants may not be pulling their weight.

September 25, 2015

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