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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

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

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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

Ed Department Logs Sharp Rise In Disability Complaints

Even as the overall number of civil rights complaints to the U.S. Department of Education dropped dramatically, new figures show that claims of disability discrimination are on the rise.

February 23, 2018
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos greets college students

Disability Nonprofit Among Groups To Receive Betsy DeVos’ Salary

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos will give away her entire salary from her first year on the job and some of the money is headed to a nonprofit serving those with disabilities.

February 14, 2018

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School District Ordered To Reimburse Family For Private Placement

A school district must pay private school and legal costs for the family at the center of a U.S. Supreme Court case that established a new precedent for special education law, a court ruled.

February 13, 2018

Feds Disclose Schools Under Investigation For Disability Discrimination

The U.S. Department of Education is making it easier to find out when a school is under investigation for violating the civil rights of students with disabilities.

February 8, 2018
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Court Rules Against Teen With Cerebral Palsy

A federal appeals court has ruled against a teen with cerebral palsy — one of the country's top young Paralympic runners — who sought the opportunity to compete at his state track meet.

February 7, 2018

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Handcuffs And A Psych Exam For A 7-Year-Old?

Advocates say schools in one state are sending kids with disabilities for psychiatric exams in handcuffs, leaving children traumatized and parents afraid to send their kids back to school.

February 6, 2018

Pressure From Feds May Have Led To Special Ed Enrollment Cap

Texas created a policy in 2004 that led school districts to deny special ed services to thousands of students. Some educators and officials say that cap started with the federal government.

February 1, 2018

Report: Colleges Failing To Protect Students With Disabilities

Despite research suggesting that women with disabilities are more likely to experience sexual assault on campus, a federal report finds many universities unprepared to support these students.

January 30, 2018

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