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Ed Department Ramps Up Disability Related Compliance Reviews

With a slew of new actions and additional resources, federal education officials are taking steps to ensure that students with disabilities and their families can access school services.

May 24, 2022

Boy With Autism Still Missing A Year After Walking Out Of School

In May 2021, 11-year-old Ryan Larsen walked out of his elementary school in between classes. A year later, there are few signs of the boy's whereabouts.

May 24, 2022
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School District Passes Controversial Deaf Education Plan

In a move that faced strong opposition, the nation's second largest district will make American Sign Language and English the standard for early intervention for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

May 13, 2022

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Ed Department To Update Disability Regulations

Federal education officials say they plan to revise regulations for one of the main laws affecting students with disabilities after leaving them largely untouched for 45 years.

May 11, 2022

School District Agrees To Pay $2.5 Million, Make Changes After Pica Choking Death

After a student died from choking on a disposable glove in class, one school district is agreeing to implement a pica safety protocol and to be more transparent about special education staffing.

May 10, 2022

Nonverbal First Grader Suffered Abuse At Hands Of Teachers For Months, Parents Say

A first grader who is nonverbal was abused by his teacher and aide for months, his parents say, with video showing incidents where the boy was hit in the face with an object and dragged to his desk.

May 3, 2022

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Ed Department Cracks Down On Special Ed Failures During COVID-19

Advocates say an agreement with one of the nation's largest school districts over its failure to provide services during the pandemic should prompt other districts to re-examine their actions too.

April 29, 2022
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Parents Say Mask-Optional Policies Leave Out High-Risk Students

More states have passed laws banning mask mandates in schools, but some parents fear a new COVID-19 surge could put their kids at risk and that mask bans may further isolate their children.

April 27, 2022

Robots Give Students An Assist With Communication Skills

Originally created to help students who have autism, classroom robots named Milo and Carver are helping students struggling with communication, processing delays and social emotional learning.

April 8, 2022

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Students Find Common Ground Through Unified Sports

Teams comprised of students with and without intellectual disabilities are building friendships and enhancing the high school experience.

April 5, 2022
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Biden Budget Calls For Increase In Special Education Spending

Just two weeks after signing a government spending bill featuring more money for special education, President Joe Biden is seeking another big boost in funding for students with disabilities.

March 31, 2022
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Ed Department: Students With Disabilities Must Be Considered As Schools Go Mask Optional

Schools are being warned that they must continue to meet the needs of students with disabilities — including those at high risk from COVID-19 — as they do away with masking requirements.

March 28, 2022

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