About 1 percent of all students nationwide receive accommodations under Section 504, which requires schools to make accommodations for disabilities such as mobility impairments, epilepsy or cerebral palsy.
A new study found that parent-reported childhood disabilities increased from 2001 to 2011, particularly among upper-income parents.
The Education Department responds to concerns from GOP lawmakers that it is using the National Assessment of Educational Progress inappropriately to grade states on academic performance.
The "results-driven accountability" framework unveiled in June is an example of overreach from the U.S. Department of Education, says a letter from Republican leaders on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee.
The state had sought the ability to test certain students with disabilities on tests up to two years below their official instructional level.
The Newark Charter School Fund, which has partnered with an organization launched by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, has given $259,000 to a new organization created to help charter schools diversify their student body.
Peer effects can also have a negative impact, according to researchers in Ohio: Being around students with poor language skills tends to be a drag on children with disabilities.
Allowing students to potentially stay in private schools until all appeals are exhausted could be an expensive prospect for many districts, argues the National Association of State Directors of Special Education.
The three-day event, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, focuses on everything from early education for students with disabilities to transition planning.
Observers say the District of Columbia schools, which has had a dysfunctional special education program for years, has been making notable improvements.