Spanish Speakers Demand Translation for Special Education Meetings

Two disability advocacy organizations filed a Justice Department complaint on the parents' behalf, saying that seven central Ohio school districts were failing to translate documents or provide interpreters.


Free Online Course for Teachers, Coaches to Focus on 'Learning Differences'

The "massive open online course," or MOOC, was created through a partnership with North Carolina State University in Raleigh and the Geneva-based Oak Foundation.


Mississippi Lawmakers Tackle Special Education Woes Through Competing Bills

Proposals on the table include a pilot voucher program and a bill to provide more advocacy and information to parents.


Supporters of IDEA 'Full-Funding' Try Again With New Bill

A bipartisan group of congressional lawmakers introduce a bill that would dramatically increase the federal price tag for special education.


The 'Rise and Fall' of Alternate Assessments Based on Modified Standards

Intended for students who could not master grade-level content in one school year, these tests are on their way out, but they leave several lessons in their wake, says a recent analysis.


Advocacy Groups Oppose Removal of Special Education Testing Caps

Allowing an unlimited number of students with disabilities to take alternate tests will place them in a lower academic track, argues the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities.


Disability Advocate for Tax-Free Savings Accounts Attending State of the Union

Sara Wolff, who advocated on behalf of a newly-signed bill that allows people with disabilities to save money without risking federal benefits, was invited by Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey.


Louisiana Sets Aside $251K for Training on Special Education Grade Promotion Law

Individualized education program teams have the authority to create alternate grade progression and graduation standards for some students with disabilities, but the policy is proving challenging to enact.


Audit: Millions of Dollars in Misspent Special Education Aid in N.Y. State

Private providers that offer special education services to preschool students are being scrutinized for potential fraud by the state's comptroller.


Special Education Groups Urge Continued Testing in NCLB Reauthorization

Annual testing has been able to help pinpoint how students with disabilities are actually performing in school, say groups opposed to removing the requirement from federal law.


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