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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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Teen With Autism Heads Up New Produce Pantry For The Needy

A newly launched nonprofit aims to distribute produce to the food insecure while providing life, social and job skills to young adults with developmental disabilities.

June 4, 2021
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Ed Department Sets Expectations For Special Education As Schools Reopen

With schools across the nation increasingly eyeing a return to normalcy, federal education officials are further clarifying what that should mean for students with disabilities.

May 21, 2021

Parents Oppose Ban On Restraint, Seclusion

A proposal in one state to prohibit schools from using restraint and seclusion on students with disabilities is under fire from an unlikely group — some of the students' parents.

May 20, 2021

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Special Educator Named National Teacher Of The Year

An elementary school special education teacher has been named the National Teacher of the Year and was honored with a surprise visit from First Lady Jill Biden.

May 7, 2021
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How Biden’s Families Plan Impacts People With Disabilities

President Joe Biden's $1.8 trillion American Families Plan would establish a federal paid leave program and boost child care and special education, but the proposal falls short on modernizing SSI.

April 30, 2021
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Parents Want Schools To Face Burden Of Proof In IEP Disputes

Since the U.S. Supreme Court determined that the burden of proof in IEP disputes falls on parents, some states have pinned the responsibility to defend their points of view on schools instead.

April 27, 2021

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Teacher Creates Social Justice Curriculum For Students With Special Needs

After George Floyd died last summer, one teacher couldn't find a curriculum that dealt with social justice issues that was written for students with disabilities, so she created her own.

April 23, 2021
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Sent Home Early: Lost Learning In Special Education

Some students with disabilities have had their school days shortened for months or years, often with devastating consequences.

April 21, 2021

Ed Department Says More Students With Disabilities Graduating

An increasing number of students with disabilities across the nation are graduating high school, according to new federal figures, but the odds of receiving a diploma vary considerably by state.

April 19, 2021

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