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The Sparklers cheer squad

Cheerleaders With Disabilities Enjoy Recognition, Camaraderie

A high school cheer squad is offering students with disabilities the chance to be center stage and boosting their self-esteem in the process.

November 13, 2018

Court Upholds $33 Million Penalty For Underfunding Special Ed

One state will likely have to give up $33.3 million in funds after a U.S. appeals court found that it violated a federal rule requiring a minimum amount of spending on special education.

November 9, 2018
Lacey Athey

Voc Rehab Doubling Down On Transition-Age Youths

Vocational rehabilitation agencies say they're serving more students with disabilities thanks to a new federal mandate, but they're still falling short of fully meeting their obligations.

November 8, 2018

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Sheriff’s Office To Pay For Handcuffing Students With Special Needs

A local sheriff's office has agreed to pay more than $337,000 after being accused of shackling students as punishment for behavior related to their disabilities.

November 7, 2018

Settlement Reached After Student Reportedly Left In Basement

A student with disabilities who was allegedly removed from school, placed in a basement and told to watch DVDs and sort nuts and bolts, will receive more than $1 million in compensation.

October 26, 2018

Ed Department: Texas Must Do More To Help Students Needing Special Ed

After determining that Texas illegally set a cap on the number of students receiving special ed, the U.S. Department of Education says the state is not doing enough to fix the problems.

October 22, 2018

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Dragging Of Boy With Autism Not Isolated, Advocates Say

As national television networks have been airing video of school staff dragging a student with autism, advocates are expressing concern, saying they've seen similar situations before.

October 18, 2018
Students at school

Report: School Absences More Frequent For Kids With Disabilities

Children with developmental disabilities are far more likely to be missing a lot of school, according to a new federal report, with those who have certain conditions at especially high risk.

October 17, 2018
Student takes test

Test-Maker Says It’s No Longer Divulging Students’ Disabilities

A major standardized test-maker says it has changed its ways after being accused of illegally disclosing students' disabilities.

October 16, 2018

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School classroom

Study: Specialized Teacher Training Yields More Success For Kids With ASD

Training public school teachers specifically to work with students who have autism makes a big difference, new research suggests, helping kids on the spectrum excel in mainstream classes.

October 8, 2018

After Losing Family In Fire, Girl Finds Home With Special Ed Teacher

When Kim Canterbury began working as a substitute special education teacher, she didn't realize she'd end up taking one of her students into her home as one of her own.

October 5, 2018
Classroom

Sensory-Friendly Design Enters The Classroom

As more students with special needs enter school systems nationwide, educators are increasingly designing their classrooms to boost behavior and academic performance.

October 4, 2018

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