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Texas Saved Billions Cutting Special Ed: Now The Bill Comes Due

Following what one advocate called "absolutely the largest-scale violation" of IDEA, Texas is embarking on what may amount to the biggest single expansion of special education services ever.

October 2, 2018

Schools Requiring ‘Mental Health’ Disclosures By Students

School districts in one state now must ask if new students have ever been referred for mental health services. Some parents worry that the information could be held against their kids.

September 28, 2018
U.S. Capitol

Special Ed, Disability Programs Spared In Government Budget Deal

The federal government will increase funding for special ed and allocate money to address the needs of caregivers as part of a spending bill that's expected to be signed by the president.

September 28, 2018

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U.S. Department of Education

Trump Administration ‘Rethinking’ Special Ed

The nation's top special education official is setting a new agenda for the U.S. Department of Education as it works to address the needs of students with disabilities.

September 21, 2018

To Find Special Educators, State Looks To Bus Drivers, Clerks

Desperate for new teachers — particularly in special education — one state is pouring millions into an effort to turn existing school employees into credentialed educators.

September 18, 2018

Can Charter Schools Afford To Welcome Students In Special Education?

Some charter schools are opening their arms to students in special education, but the challenges of serving a higher-than-average population of children with disabilities can be daunting.

September 14, 2018

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Influx Of Students Likely To Exacerbate Special Ed Teacher Shortage

With thousands of additional children in one state expected to soon be eligible for special education, there are big questions about where the teachers will come from.

September 11, 2018

School Bus For Child With Disability Poses Safety ‘Threat,’ HOA Says

A homeowners board that's being sued for blocking door-to-door school bus service for a girl with disabilities is arguing that the bus is a "direct threat to the safety" of other residents.

September 7, 2018
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Federal Appeals Court Rules In Favor Of Mainstreaming

A court with jurisdiction over multiple states found school officials violated the rights of a student with Down syndrome by assigning him to spend half his days in a segregated classroom.

August 29, 2018

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Second-Grader Uses Letters To Educate Peers On Down Syndrome

As schools increasingly look to integrate students of all abilities, one family is taking extra steps to help their son's classmates understand his Down syndrome and other special needs.

August 28, 2018
Students in classroom

Test-Maker Sued Over Divulging Students’ Disabilities

A major standardized test-maker is being accused of illegally disclosing students' disabilities.

August 27, 2018

Who Should Pick Up The Tab For Postsecondary Programs?

Disability advocates want federal education officials to clear up what they say is misleading information keeping students with intellectual disabilities from attending postsecondary programs.

August 20, 2018

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