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State: Preschool Unlawfully Expelled Girl With Down Syndrome

A state is suing after a preschool allegedly expelled a 3-year-old with Down syndrome because she wasn't potty-trained despite retaining typically-developing students lacking the same skill.

October 27, 2016
Students from Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington, D.C. listen as President Barack Obama speaks during an event to highlight the progress that has been made in recent years to improve education across the country. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

Graduation Rate Climbs For Students With Disabilities

Students with disabilities are seeing gains as the nation's high school graduation rate hits an all-time high, federal officials say.

October 18, 2016

Bullying Often Triggers Fight Response In Kids With Disabilities

Children with disabilities are more likely than other kids to respond aggressively to bullying, researchers say, and they often attack not only those picking on them, but others as well.

October 11, 2016

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Evan Davis, a student in the SUCCESS program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, walks with his red backpack to class. Five states will get federal money for demonstration projects focused on improving post-secondary outcomes for students with disabilities. (Emilie Eastman/Capital News Service/TNS)

Education Department Aims To Improve Transition Outcomes

Federal officials are funneling millions of dollars toward efforts to better prepare students with disabilities for post-secondary education and competitive employment.

October 10, 2016

Feds Order State To Comply With Special Ed Laws

Federal officials are ordering Texas to eliminate a special education enrollment target unless the state can prove that it has not kept children with disabilities from getting services.

October 4, 2016

Students Reeling After Post-Secondary Supports Cut

Students and parents are feeling shortchanged after a unique program designed to help those with disabilities adjust to college and independent living ended abruptly.

October 4, 2016

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The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case centering on what level of educational benefit public schools must provide children with disabilities under the IDEA. (Thinkstock)

Supreme Court To Weigh FAPE Mandate

For the first time in more than three decades, the U.S. Supreme Court says it will consider how much educational benefit schools must provide students with disabilities under the IDEA.

September 29, 2016

Problems Plague Vocational Rehabilitation

Vocational rehabilitation is supposed to help people with disabilities become independent, but federal data indicates over 800,000 deemed eligible for such services received no assistance.

September 21, 2016
The U.S. Department of Education is settling a dispute with South Carolina over the state's "maintenance of effort" obligations for funding special education. (Shutterstock)

Feds, State Make Nice Over Special Ed Dispute

A long-running disagreement over special education funding is coming to a close.

September 15, 2016

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Investigation: Thousands Of Kids Kept Out Of Special Education

Over a decade ago, one state arbitrarily decided what percentage of students should get special education — 8.5 percent — and since then strict audits have forced districts to comply.

September 13, 2016
Ben Liske, 16, right, of Nashville, Tenn., and his mother, Juli Liske, put the finishing touches on his dorm room at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. Liske, who has autism, is starting his freshman year and will likely major in computer engineering. (Cloe Poisson/Hartford Courant/TNS)

Autism Not A Barrier For 16-Year-Old College Freshman

Oftentimes, colleges shy away from accommodating the unique needs of students on the spectrum, but that is starting to change.

September 13, 2016

Complaint: Early Dismissal Shortchanging Students In Special Ed

Bit by bit students in special education are missing out on valuable learning time because they're regularly loaded onto buses before school ends, a federal civil rights complaint alleges.

September 9, 2016

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