Study: Inclusion Boosts Language Skills of Preschoolers With Disabilities

Peer effects can also have a negative impact, according to researchers in Ohio: Being around students with poor language skills tends to be a drag on children with disabilities.


Special Education Administrators Urge Supreme Court Review of 'Stay Put' Ruling

Allowing students to potentially stay in private schools until all appeals are exhausted could be an expensive prospect for many districts, argues the National Association of State Directors of Special Education.


Special Educators Connect at Annual Project Directors' Conference

The three-day event, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, focuses on everything from early education for students with disabilities to transition planning.


D.C. Council Set to Vote on Special Education Improvements

Observers say the District of Columbia schools, which has had a dysfunctional special education program for years, has been making notable improvements.


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An outdated formula for allocating federal money is leading to what may be unintended funding disparities, according to a recent policy brief from the New America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


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