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Do Special Ed Judges Need Law Degrees?

In a bid to address a shortage of special education judges, one state is proposing allowing individuals without law degrees to hear student complaints.

February 18, 2020
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School Calls Cops On 6-Year-Old With Down Syndrome

When a girl with Down syndrome pointed a finger gun at her teacher and said 'I shoot you,' the police were called even though the school recognized she had no intention of harming anyone.

February 14, 2020
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Trump Budget Calls For Cuts To Disability Programs

President Donald Trump is proposing cuts to countless programs benefiting people with disabilities, advocates say, touching everything from Medicaid to employment and autism treatment.

February 13, 2020

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Military Families Take Fight For Special Education To Capitol Hill

Families of service members want lawmakers to require the military to provide legal assistance to help them get the special education services their children need.

February 11, 2020

Parents Fight To Continue ABA Therapy

When some children move from early intervention to preschool, their access to ABA comes to a halt. Now, a class-action suit alleges that ending the therapy is a violation of special ed law.

February 6, 2020
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Students Aim To Brighten Future For Classmates With Autism

High school students are looking to help their peers with special needs build a foundation for productive, fulfilling lives after graduation by equipping them with skills to run small businesses.

January 31, 2020

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Disability Issues Enter Spotlight In 2020 Presidential Race

In a shift that has become a political necessity, Democratic presidential hopefuls are giving unprecedented attention to disability issues in the run-up to the 2020 election.

January 28, 2020
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Ed Department Urged To Ban Seclusion In Schools

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos should ban seclusion and prohibit certain restraint techniques in the nation's schools, a dozen lawmakers say.

January 17, 2020
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Congress Hands Special Ed Hefty Funding Boost

Federal funding for special education will rise the most it has in years under a newly approved government spending plan.

January 9, 2020

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Students Still Fighting For Special Education

Years after Texas education officials pledged to undo a decade worth of damage caused by a cap on special education services, the state remains in violation of federal disability laws.

January 7, 2020
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Investigation Finds Significant Barriers To Pursuing IDEA Disputes

IDEA provides parents certain options if they're unsatisfied with the education their children are receiving, but government investigators say only some families are able to take advantage.

December 4, 2019

Rights Of Special Ed Students Over 18 Ignored, Lawsuit Claims

Special education groups contend that one state is violating federal law by refusing to allow guardians to look out for certain students with disabilities after they become legal adults.

December 3, 2019

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