Researchers Question Autism Prevalence Rates From CDC

The monitoring reports released by the Centers for Disease Control may be flawed because they don't include a clinician's evaluation, say the editors of an autism research journal


La. Graduation Flexibility Law Creates 'Significant Concerns' for Ed. Dept.

The new measure allows IEP teams to create graduation requirements, but that may end up running afoul of current federal policy, according to a recent letter to John White, the state's school chief.


Funding Formulas for Special Education Benefit Some Districts, Penalize Others

An outdated formula for allocating federal money is leading to what may be unintended funding disparities, according to a recent policy brief from the New America Foundation.


Education Secretary Lauds Revised Special Education Evaluation System

The evaluation system used in previous years focused on compliance, but not as much on how well students were learning, said Education Secretary Arne Duncan.


Ed. Dept. Releases Results of New Special Education Evaluation Process

The U.S. Department of Education says fewer states are "meeting requirements" for students with disabilities as the department shifts to evaluating states on how well those students are being educated.


Wisconsin Investigating Voucher Use by Students With Disabilities

Voucher supporters say that information from the investigation will be used to damage choice programs in the state.


Report Catalogues Over 267,000 Restraint and Seclusion Cases in One School Year

ProPublica used data collected from the U.S. Department of Education's office for civil rights to examine rates of restraint and seclusion nationwide.


Ed. Dept. Seeking Comments on Minority Overrepresentation in Special Education

Only a fraction of districts are using Individuals with Disabilities Education Act money to address disparities in special education, though such disparities are widespread, Education Department data says.


'Combating Autism' Act Renamed in Win for Advocacy Community

The new name removes the stigma attached to the word "combating," according to advocates with the disorder.


Study: Lead Abatement Could Save Mich. Over $2 Million a Year in Special Ed. Costs

Every dollar invested in reducing lead exposure would pay for itself in three years, compared to the ongoing costs to support children and adults who are exposed to the toxin.


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