April 2013 Archives

South Carolina Entitled to Hearing on Special Education Funding

A federal appeals court ruled the the U.S. Department of Education owed the state a hearing before levying a penalty that resulted in the loss of $36 million in federal special education dollars.

New Rules for Testing Students With Disabilities Spark Concerns in Texas

Students tested only on the simplest tasks under Texas' new testing regime will not be counted as proficient under state and federal proficiency standards.

HHS Bureau Hosts Webinar With Early Intervention, Autism Focus

Programs in Maine and Massachusetts will be profiled during the event.

'Timeout' Room Use Not a Violation of Student's Rights, Judge Says

The parents of an Oklahoma student contended that a school district violated their son's rights by placing him in a 'timeout' room even after his IEP was amended to stop its use.

School Leader Group Proposes Change to Special Education Due Process

The American Association of School Administrators is proposing that an independent consultant be brought in when parents and districts cannot agree.

Testing Group Proposes Accommodations For Students With Disabilities

The PARCC accommodations manual, now open for public comment, offers guidance and restrictions on who should be allowed to use accommodations on the new tests coming in 2014-15.

Series on Group Home Abuses Earns Journalism Honor

California Watch's reporting on problems with the state-run police force tasked to protect the vulnerable residents of California group homes was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for public service.

Education Department: Testing Policy Does Not Violate Student's Rights

Mary Washer, an Oklahoma high school student with severe disabilities, was not able to use a particular accommodation to pass required state tests.

Scant Increase for Special Education in President's Proposed Budget

The main part of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act would be funded at $11.6 billion under President Barack Obama's proposed budget, released today.

Minorities in Special Education: Are They Underrepresented?

Federal policy has been focused on reducing the numbers of minorities enrolled in special education, but some research shows minority students are underenrolled in special programs.

Response to Intervention Policy and Practice Inconsistent Across States

Data from a soon-to-be published report on RTI implementation shows that some states don't have a framework for evaluating program effectiveness.

ADHD Diagnoses on the Rise, New York Times Reports

Earlier this week, the New York Times reported that 11 percent of school-age kids in the U.S.—and one in five boys in high school—have received a medical diagnosis of ADHD.

Special Education Essential to Preschool Plans, Says Advocacy Group

Programs that serve young children with disabilities should be part of any federal preschool expansion, according to a letter to the Obama administration from the Council for Exceptional Children.

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