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ACT Will Honor IEP, 504 Plan Accommodations

A major standardized test maker is taking steps to make it easier for students with disabilities to access accommodations.

July 26, 2021
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Most States Struggling To Fulfill IDEA Requirements

More than half of states are falling behind in meeting their responsibilities to students with disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, federal officials say.

July 20, 2021

Family Suing After Maskless Student With Disability Barred From School

The high schooler has a speech-related disability that makes it hard for him to pronounce certain sounds and letters — and also means he cannot wear a mask safely, according to a lawsuit.

July 20, 2021

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Investigation Finds ‘No Evidence’ Of Discrimination Against Students In Special Ed

A federal investigation into one state's education department over concerns that students with disabilities were being denied equal access during the COVID-19 pandemic has been dismissed.

July 16, 2021
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Ed Department To Release Extra IDEA Funds, New Guidance

Schools across the country are set to receive billions of dollars — and some new guidance — to help meet the needs of students with disabilities amid the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

July 13, 2021

Passion Drives Special Ed Teacher To 55-Year Career Helping Kids

Joy Chastek is 78 years old and still works up to 15 hours a day. An educator for 55 years, Chastek has devoted the last 40 to special education students and has no plans to stop.

July 13, 2021

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Schools Sued For Sending Students With Disabilities To Psych Wards

A federal lawsuit accuses one school district of routinely sending young kids to psychiatric centers over their parents' objections, often for misconduct stemming from developmental disabilities.

June 24, 2021

Fourth Grader Petitions School District For Greater Accessibility

Tired of hearing no from her local school district, a fourth-grade student who uses a wheelchair is seeking better accessibility to restrooms on campus.

June 22, 2021
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In One School District, 1 In 14 Third Graders Has Autism

New Jersey's rate of autism has long been among the highest in the country and in one school district there, the rate is more than twice the state average.

June 18, 2021

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Ed Department Wants Feedback On Discipline Of Students With Disabilities

Students with disabilities often face more disciplinary action at school than other kids and federal officials say they're looking for ideas about how to put an end to the disparity.

June 10, 2021

Teen Math Whiz With Disability Accepted To Harvard, MIT And Caltech

For all of his 18 years, Ben Lou's physical disabilities have made him dependent on others 24 hours a day. But the teen's mental abilities have no limitations.

June 8, 2021
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Justice Department Cracks Down On Shortened School Days

Students with disabilities in one district will no longer be restricted to shortened school days under an agreement reached with the U.S. Department of Justice.

June 4, 2021

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