Providers of Special Education, Dropout Prevention Services Merge

Catapult Learning, which offers professional development and remediation services, merged with Specialized Education Services Inc., which operates alternative school programs.


Increased Autism Prevalence: Untangling the Causes

A study links increased autism rates and a decrease in the number of children categorized as intellectually disabled, but that only tells part of the story.


Education Department Celebrates ADA's 25th Anniversary

The country has made major strides in including children and youth in school activities because of the Americans with Disabilities Act, but education officials say work remains.


White House Honors Students Who Have 'Beaten the Odds'

Several students with disabilities were among those visiting the White House as part of the "Beating the Odds Summit," a project of Michelle Obama's initiative advocating for college attendance.


What We (Don't) Know About English-Learners and Special Education

The English-learner population is growing quickly, but there's still little research on how to best evaluate these students for special education needs, according to a federal report.


New York State's Request for Waiver on Testing Rejected by Education Department

New York had asked the U.S. Department of Education for permission to give some special education students tests that match their instructional level, rather than their grade.


Wisconsin Special Needs Vouchers Survive Controversial Start, Opposition

Wisconsin special education students who have been denied open enrollment into other school districts are now eligible for $12,000 private school voucher.


Special Education Bill Offers Flexibility on 'Maintenance of Effort'

The legislation introduced by Republican Rep. Tim Walberg of Michigan would allow states to reduce their special education spending in more circumstances than currently allowed.


More States Meet Requirements Under Federal Special Education Rating System

The office of special education programs released its latest annual ratings of states and how well they are meeting the mandates of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.


ADHD Driving Use of Antipsychotic Drug Prescriptions in Children

Many school-age youth are being prescribed antipsychotic medicine without any record of a mental health diagnosis other than ADHD, according to a recent study.


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