The Education Department says that states need tighter guidelines on how to assess districts for racial and ethnic bias in special education. But just how are states figuring out if minorities are being shunted inappropriately to special education classes?
The Los Angeles Unified School District has worked to move many students out of separate settings, such as dedicated special education schools, and into their neighborhood schools.
The L.A. school district says it has made major efforts to improve special education; a lawsuit involving Smith, now a mother of four, got the ball rolling.
In some states, students with disabilities are required to take one of the college-entrance exams, but some can't get the testing accommodations they need.
A proposed rule would require all districts to use a common yardstick in measuring whether they over-identify minority students for special education services.
The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force said more research is needed before it could recommend universal screening for autism spectrum disorder.
The ruling on Oklahoma's Lindsay Nicole Henry Scholarships could open the door for more voucher options in the Sooner State.
Spoiler alert: Yes, many think so. But a federal report says district leaders also acknowledge paperwork's importance, and say state and local requirements impose their own burdens.
Although federal special education spending for school-aged children would hold steady, much-smaller programs for younger children would see a small boost under the presidents
RespectAbility, a 3-year-old advocacy organization, hopes to get presidential candidates thinking and talking about topics that affect people with disabilities.