Parents are able to appeal due-process decisions to a federal court, but districts have no such right when they have disputes with state departments of education, according to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
The most up-to-date figures show that, as in previous years, few districts have been directed to use part of their federal special education money for early-intervention services.
A report to the state board of education seeks creation of a "coherent" system, including revision of teacher preparation, support for early learning, and an overhaul of special education financing.
The federal government is using a California special education case to try to create guidance that applies to every state, says the National School Boards Association.
An expert panel appointed by Connecticut's governor recommends in a draft that home-schooled students with disabilities receive individualized education programs and be monitored by their local school system.
Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski, who has announced her plans to retire, fought for funding aimed at underrepresented populations in gifted education, advocates say.
Untrained listeners recruited through a crowdsourcing platform rated speech sounds as accurately as trained listeners, a study found.
Kathy Fortino, one of Education Week's 2015 Leaders to Learn From, balances a focus on legal compliance with academic achievement.
The Center for Civil Rights Remedies ranked states and districts on their suspension rates, based on data reported to the U.S. Department of Education.
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, a Pennsylvania Democrat, wants to ensure parents are given more information before allowing their children to be placed in an educational track with less rigor than the general education curriculum.