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Teacher Draws On Experience As Student With Disability

Once unsure if she would be able to graduate high school because of her uncontrollable seizures, Xenia Boiko decided to become the special education teacher she wishes she'd had.

February 10, 2017
Vice President Mike Pence swears in Betsy DeVos

Federal Special Education Website Goes Dark

A day after a controversial new secretary of education was sworn in, a federal website focused on special education was down, but officials said the issue should be no cause for alarm.

February 8, 2017
Students protest against Betsy DeVos

Trump Education Nominee Confirmed In Spite Of IDEA Concerns

In an unprecedented vote, the U.S. Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos to be secretary of education despite widespread concerns about her comments on special education.

February 7, 2017

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Consuelo Martinez watches her daughter Chelsea, who has autism, play the violin

Study: For Those With Autism, Fixations Can Be Beneficial

Parents and teachers should do more to embrace the preferred interests of those with autism, researchers say, pointing out that such aptitudes can be calming and form the basis for careers.

February 3, 2017

Disability Advocates Threaten To Sue Over Special Education Cap

Advocates are threatening to sue over a state-imposed special education enrollment benchmark, potentially opening the door to compensation for students who have been denied services.

February 1, 2017
Betsy DeVos

Trump Education Pick Advances Despite Special Ed Worries

Deep opposition from special education advocates was not enough to prevent President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the U.S. Department of Education from moving forward.

January 31, 2017

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Betsy DeVos

IDEA Concerns Linger Over Education Nominee

Citing concerns about her views on IDEA, disability advocates are asking lawmakers to delay a vote on the nominee to head the U.S. Department of Education.

January 26, 2017

Mom Sues After Girl With Special Needs Fed Bleach

The mother of a 10-year-old with special needs is suing for negligence and "intentional infliction of emotional distress" after her daughter was tube-fed bleach at school.

January 19, 2017
Donald Trump with Betsy DeVos

Trump Education Pick Seemingly ‘Confused’ About IDEA

Under sharp questioning from senators, the nominee to lead the U.S. Department of Education suggested that it should be up to states to decide whether schools must follow the IDEA.

January 18, 2017

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Cafe Helps Transition-Age Students — And Serves Good Lattes

A unique coffee shop is aiming to teach valuable lessons to the students in special education that work there — and the customers they serve.

January 17, 2017
U.S. Supreme Court

Supreme Court May Boost FAPE Mandate

During arguments this week, the Supreme Court appeared to favor setting a higher standard for the requirement that kids with disabilities be provided a free appropriate public education.

January 12, 2017

Unable To Get Special Education, One Family Moved

Despite national mandates, one family's strikingly different experience when they moved illustrates how sharply special education services can vary from place to place.

January 10, 2017

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