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Twitter Chat: Writing IEP Goals Aligned to Common Core State Standards

We're looking for solid tips for special educators who are working to write standards-based individualized education programs that connect to common-core standards in reading and math.


Watchdog Agency Suggests Improvements for Due Process Procedures

The U.S. Government Accountability Office's report notes that many due process hearings take longer than 45 days to resolve, because of extensions granted by hearing officers.


Alabama District Protests 'Misinformation' in Rape-Bait Case

A 2010 attack on a middle school student is back in the news after the U.S. Justice Department filed a brief in support of her family's lawsuit against school administrators.


Special Education Teacher Strike Averted in Pennsylvania Region

More than 700 educators and support members were prepared to walk out after working without a contract for more than a year.


Some Charter Schools Make Students With Disabilities Their Mission

Nationwide, about 100 charter schools, which are publicly funded but run independently, have made a concerted effort to lure students with disabilities to specialty programs.


Hundreds of N.Y.C. Private School Students Left Without Special Education Services

The Staten Island Advance reports that students in Catholic schools are not receiving the services they are entitled to as part of their individualized education programs.


Racial Bias Claim in Special Education Rejected by Divided Appeals Court

Several black families had sued the Lower Merion School District in Pennsylvania, saying it intentionally discriminated against black students in assigning them to special education classes.


Exercise Before School Can Ward Off ADHD Symptoms, Study Finds

The findings come from observations of 200 elementary students who participated in vigorous aerobic activity before the school day.


Aid to Families of Children With Disabilities Exceeds Welfare Payments

Public health experts are suggesting that for some low-income families, the Supplemental Security Income program is replacing the cash benefits that were cut by 90s-era welfare reform efforts.


Seattle Grappling With Long-Running Problems in Special Education System

The district's special education leader has been placed on paid leave, exacerbating leadership and communication problems in the school system, which serves about 7,000 students with disabilities.


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