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How Taylor Swift’s Music Is Teaching Social-Emotional Skills To Students In Special Ed

In an independent living class, students with disabilities are using Taylor Swift's music to learn about everything from self-regulation and stress management to cooking, geography and more.

April 17, 2024

Microschools Fill Niche For Students With Disabilities

Families who have children with autism, ADHD, dyslexia and other disabilities are seeking out a growing number of microschools, small settings where more individualized attention can be a draw.

April 16, 2024
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Justice Department: Schools Used Discipline To Address Disability-Related Behaviors

The U.S. Department of Justice has settled with a school district that the agency said relied on punitive measures like suspensions or calling police to manage behaviors related to disabilities.

April 2, 2024

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Out Of School For Months, Kids Caught In Middle Of Special Education Dispute

Experts say the situation — while unusual in its duration and intensity — highlights the pitfalls of a system stressed by the pandemic, staff turnover and a lack of training to meet behavior challenges.

March 26, 2024

University Gives Full-Tuition Scholarships To Future Special Education Teachers

To battle shortages and support future teachers, one university is using a $1.25 million federal grant to fund tuition and fees for aspiring special educators.

March 22, 2024

State Looks To Shift Burden Of Proof For Special Ed Disputes

Families often face a labyrinth of difficulties trying to navigate special ed services — especially if they legally challenge their child's placement — but one state is making it a little easier.

March 19, 2024

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Some Teachers Less Likely To Refer Kids For Special Education, Study Finds

New research suggests that a child's likelihood of being referred for special education services is greatly influenced by the race of their teacher.

March 15, 2024

Parent Sues Alleging School Banned Him Over Special Education Advocacy

The father of a student with a disability has sued claiming that he was barred from school property after "peacefully" advocating for his child during a school board meeting.

March 12, 2024

New Data Finds High Absenteeism Among Kids In Special Ed

At some schools, more than three-fourths of students in special education miss weeks of class. The numbers illuminate a largely unexamined facet of a national crisis.

March 8, 2024

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School District Admits It Restrained Or Secluded Students 864 Times In 6 Months

One school district is now acknowledging restraining and secluding students hundreds of times after previously reporting no cases to the state and federal government.

March 5, 2024
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Autism Diagnoses Are Soaring. Here’s How Some Colleges Are Responding

Almost all campuses have an office that provides resources to students with documented disabilities, but comprehensive support programs for autism are rare. That's starting to change.

February 28, 2024
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States Skirt Testing Requirement For Students In Special Education

Very few students are supposed to take alternate assessments intended for those with the most significant disabilities, but states are routinely exceeding the limit despite major ramifications for kids.

February 26, 2024

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