Gifted Education Advocates Praise Leadership of Outgoing Sen. Mikulski

Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski, who has announced her plans to retire, fought for funding aimed at underrepresented populations in gifted education, advocates say.


Online Crowdsourcing a Potential Tool for Speech Therapy Research

Untrained listeners recruited through a crowdsourcing platform rated speech sounds as accurately as trained listeners, a study found.


Michigan Special Education Administrator Driven by Student Improvement

Kathy Fortino, one of Education Week's 2015 Leaders to Learn From, balances a focus on legal compliance with academic achievement.


States' Suspension Rates Vary Widely for Students With Disabilities, Group Says

The Center for Civil Rights Remedies ranked states and districts on their suspension rates, based on data reported to the U.S. Department of Education.


Alternative Education Track Would See New Scrutiny Under Federal Bill

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, a Pennsylvania Democrat, wants to ensure parents are given more information before allowing their children to be placed in an educational track with less rigor than the general education curriculum.


Federal Appeals Court to Hear Case Involving Sexual-Harassment Sting

A judge dismissed a case brought by a student who says she was raped by a classmate in a botched attempt to catch him sexually harassing her, but an Atlanta appeals court has agreed to rehear the issue.


Survey: Practices Vary at Schools That Must Report on Students With Disabilities

A federally-funded survey found that schools were more likely to adopt certain educational practices and move students to regular classrooms if they were required to report on the performance of students with disabilities.


Use of Restraint and Seclusion Under Scrutiny in Virginia, Connecticut

A measure that would regulate the use of restraint and seclusion has passed the Virginia state legislature, while a child advocate in Connecticut pushes for further restrictions in that state.


Study: N.C. Early Education Leads to Fewer Special Education Placements

Investments in Smart Start and More at Four had a direct relationship to the number of 3rd graders identified as having a learning disability or an educable mental handicap.


Special Education Sees Small Increases in White House Budget Proposal

The fiscal 2016 spending plan would provide some funds to support promising programs aimed at improving the academic performance of students with disabilities.


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