Special Educators in Pennsylvania Districts Set Strike Date

The special education teachers and staff in three Lehigh Valley districts have gone without a contract for a year.


Medicaid Reimbursement Woes Still Plague New York

New York State and the New York City school district tightened up Medicaid reimbursement rules in the wake of a record-setting settlement in 2009, but now the city is missing out on money it deserves, according to the city comptroller.


Students With '504 Plans' More Likely to Be White, Enrolled in Non-Title I Schools

About 1 percent of all students nationwide receive accommodations under Section 504, which requires schools to make accommodations for disabilities such as mobility impairments, epilepsy or cerebral palsy.


More Parents Reported Cases of Disabilities in Children In Past Decade

A new study found that parent-reported childhood disabilities increased from 2001 to 2011, particularly among upper-income parents.


Use of NAEP Scores in Special Education Evaluation System Meant to Be Temporary

The Education Department responds to concerns from GOP lawmakers that it is using the National Assessment of Educational Progress inappropriately to grade states on academic performance.


Special Education Evaluation Process Under Fire From Senate Republicans

The "results-driven accountability" framework unveiled in June is an example of overreach from the U.S. Department of Education, says a letter from Republican leaders on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee.


New York Drops Proposal for Out-of-Level Testing in NCLB Waiver Extension

The state had sought the ability to test certain students with disabilities on tests up to two years below their official instructional level.


Newark Charter Fund Gives Grant to Help Improve Special Education Capacity

The Newark Charter School Fund, which has partnered with an organization launched by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, has given $259,000 to a new organization created to help charter schools diversify their student body.


Study: Inclusion Boosts Language Skills of Preschoolers With Disabilities

Peer effects can also have a negative impact, according to researchers in Ohio: Being around students with poor language skills tends to be a drag on children with disabilities.


Special Education Administrators Urge Supreme Court Review of 'Stay Put' Ruling

Allowing students to potentially stay in private schools until all appeals are exhausted could be an expensive prospect for many districts, argues the National Association of State Directors of Special Education.


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