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School Districts Struggle With Mounting Special Ed Costs

In some areas, federal and state dollars for students with disabilities aren't growing with special ed enrollment and parents and advocates say kids are being denied services as a result.

April 16, 2019

Paraeducator Training Mandate Up In The Air

One state is on track to become the first to require training for paraeducators who support students with disabilities — if lawmakers can come up with the money to pay for it, that is.

April 12, 2019
U.S. Department of Education

Ed Department Accused Of Dragging Its Feet On IDEA Rule

More than a month after a federal court ruled against the U.S. Department of Education's efforts to delay a special ed regulation, advocates are blasting the agency for continuing to stall.

April 11, 2019

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State May Owe Feds $223M For Short-Changing Special Education

Officials in one state thought they owed the federal government $33 million for spending too little on special education, but revised estimates show that figure may be closer to $223 million.

April 9, 2019

Lawmakers Look To Fully Fund IDEA

Bipartisan legislation to substantially increase Uncle Sam's investment in special education is back on the table.

April 2, 2019
President Donald Trump

Trump Backs Off Plan To Defund Special Olympics

After his education secretary spent three days fiercely defending a plan to eliminate federal funding for Special Olympics, President Donald Trump reversed course.

March 29, 2019

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Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

DeVos Under Fire For Plan To Defund Special Olympics

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is defending her agency's plan to end federal funding for a program than benefits children with disabilities.

March 27, 2019

A Day In The Life Of Miss Wendy, A ‘Foot Soldier’ For Special Education

In many ways paraprofessionals are the foot soldiers of special ed, but federal and state laws are lax, leaving school districts with significant leeway in how they use and oversee paras.

March 22, 2019
Student takes test

How The College Admissions Scandal Could Spell Trouble For Students With Disabilities

Advocates for students with disabilities are concerned that accommodations for college entrance exams could tighten in the wake of an admissions cheating scandal.

March 18, 2019

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Special Ed Teacher Created Classroom ‘Fight Club,’ Police Say

A high school special education teacher is accused of encouraging students in his classroom to fight each other while refereeing the brawls himself.

March 14, 2019
U.S. Department of Education

Trump Administration Ordered To Reinstate Special Ed Rule

The U.S. Department of Education can't delay implementation of a regulation aimed at preventing certain students from being wrongly placed in special education, a federal judge has ruled.

March 8, 2019
Student walks on campus

Postsecondary Programs More Inclusive, Report Finds

With an increasing number of colleges offering programs for those with intellectual disabilities, a new report suggests the programs are becoming more inclusive and leading to better outcomes.

February 26, 2019

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