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June 05, 2020

Bureau of Indian Education Shortchanges Students With Disabilities

Inadequate monitoring and a lack of qualified staff left the bureau unable to ensure that thousands of special education students received the services they were due under federal law, a Government Accountability Office reports finds.

May 27, 2020

Groups Seek to Ease Spec. Ed. Funding Mandate as Schools Respond to Pandemic

A coalition of education organizations wants Congress to waive a provision in federal law requiring districts to keep special education funding level from year to year regardless of budget pressures.

April 29, 2020

Special Education Teachers a New Focus for Betsy DeVos Voucher Push

The proposed priority for special education grants is the latest push by the U.S. Secretary of Education to embed more choice for students and educators in federal K-12 funding.

April 27, 2020

Betsy DeVos Sees 'No Reason' to Waive Core Elements of Special Education Law

Congress should not grant flexibility from the federal special education law's key components due to the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has told federal lawmakers.

March 31, 2020

Fierce Debate as DeVos Weighs Schools' Obligations to Students With Disabilities

Amid coronavirus-related school closures, advocates worry Education Secretary Betsy DeVos may waive requirements of special education law if Congress signs off. Schools say it's difficult to meet some requirements during the pandemic.

March 21, 2020

Amid Confusion, Feds Seek to Clarify Online Learning for Special Education Students

The Education Department says federal law should not be used to prevent schools from offering online learning to all students, including those with disabilities.

January 02, 2020

Warren: 'We Are Failing on Our Country's Promise' to Children With Disabilities

A new plan from Democratic presidential candidate and former special educator Elizabeth Warren touches on some glaring issues in special education: graduation disparities, hard-to-access school buildings, and discipline practices that disproportionately affect black, Latino, and Native American students with disabilities.

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