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Federal Watchdog: Students With Disabilities More Frequently Disciplined

A new government analysis finds that students with disabilities face a greater likelihood of suspension or arrest no matter what type of school they attend or how wealthy its student body is.

April 9, 2018
U.S. Department of Education

New Rules Let Ed Department Ignore Disability-Related Complaints

Under a new set of guidelines, the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights is dismissing numerous complaints and special education advocates say they have little recourse.

April 2, 2018

Students With Special Needs Face Suspicion After School Shooting

In the aftermath of the Parkland, Fla. massacre, some students with disabilities are being taunted or callously pegged by others as being the next school shooter, parents and experts say.

March 30, 2018

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U.S. Capitol

Federal Budget Boosts Special Ed Funding, Addresses Autism Wandering

A $1.3 trillion government spending package will aid those with disabilities who wander while increasing special ed funding and tackling restraint and seclusion in schools, among other issues.

March 28, 2018

Student With Special Needs Force-Fed Hot Sauce, Lawsuit Claims

A lawsuit filed on behalf of a student with special needs is alleging that a former instructor poured hot sauce into his mouth after he was seen blowing bubbles with his mouth in class.

March 27, 2018

More Colleges Create Support, Opportunity For Students With Autism

Educating students with disabilities is complex and often underfunded, but colleges are beginning to invest in programs that go beyond the accommodations mandated by the ADA.

March 23, 2018

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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

DeVos Defends Move To Delay Special Ed Rule

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is sticking by her agency's plan to pause an Obama-era rule designed to make sure kids from certain backgrounds aren't wrongly placed in special ed.

March 21, 2018
School bus

How Medicaid Became A Go-To Funder For Schools

Begun as a health care safety net for children and low-income families, Medicaid increasingly underwrites a range of school services including many benefiting students with disabilities.

March 14, 2018

Special Educator’s Use Of Facilitated Communication Lands Dad In Jail

The father of a boy with special needs spent 35 days in jail after his son's teacher used a largely discredited method to claim the boy — who speaks little — had been abused.

March 9, 2018

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Ed Department Set To Abandon IDEA Site That Crashed

A year after taking heat when a key special education website went down, the U.S. Department of Education is preparing to deprecate the site in favor of an updated approach.

March 6, 2018

Report: Students With Disabilities Disciplined Twice As Often As Peers

Suspension and expulsion rates for students with disabilities have dropped, but are still about two times higher than for their typically-developing classmates, according to a new report.

February 28, 2018
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

Trump Directive Spurs Proposal To Delay IDEA Rule

The Trump administration is officially proceeding with plans to delay an Obama-era rule that aimed to ensure students from certain backgrounds aren't wrongly placed in special education.

February 27, 2018

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