Many states lawmakers are modeling their policies after federal legislation that was introduced in 2010 but never passed Congress, according to an advocacy report.
The proposal would allow any of the state's students covered under the IDEA to use state and local funds for private education, including college courses.
More students with disabilities are leaving school with a regular diploma, according to statistics from the U.S. Department of Education.
A study found that official language in special education has gotten harder to read over time.
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.