Massachusetts Advocates for Children and the Boston office of the law firm DLA Piper have launched a partnership that will allow the firm's lawyers to provide representation for low-income parents at special education hearings and legal proceedings. The law firm will also provide assistance to MAC in its advocacy efforts on behalf of children statewide. For its first year, the firm has pledged 1,000 hours on behalf of the project, said Matt Iverson, a DLA Piper lawyer and one of the project's leaders. What I found most interesting about this partnership is that the attorneys with DLA Piper are ...

A news report and a recent study outline problems in the 400,000-student system.

Lack of support and a focus on collecting data may be driving some professionals out of the field, a survey suggests.

The National Center on Response to Intervention is a site to bookmark for those interested in the topic.

About a year ago, I wrote about a Florida teacher who had been removed from the classroom after she led her kindergarten students to vote one of their classmates, who has autism, out of the room for disruptive behavior. The Sun-Sentinel newspaper is reporting that Wendy Portillo, the teacher in St. Lucie County, has been reinstated. Based on the story, the entire episode has been an exhausting ordeal for Portillo: "I'm overjoyed," Portillo said after an emotional 90-minute hearing in which more than a dozen teachers and parents urged the school board to relent in punishing her. "I'm happy that ...

The school district is one of three jurisdictions to receive a low rating from the Department of Education on how it educates students with disabilities.

I'm looking for suggestions.

Eighty-five students can't enroll until the case is resolved, the school says.

Alternate assessments for students with disabilities are being used more frequently, say state officials.

Two new pieces profile the 2009 Teacher of the Year, and explore a program for gifted girls in western Virginia.

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