Federal officials investigating Americans with Disabilities Act violations in Providence, R.I., had expanded their work to the whole state after settling last year with the Providence school system.
The bill would have provided up to $6,000 for some special education students to use for private school or tutoring, but voucher opponents pushed back hard.
Several federal agencies are promoting screening tools intended to help families and care providers evaluate children early to make sure they are meeting age-appropriate milestones.
Researchers are now seeing 1 in 68 children identified as having autism spectrum disorder, compared to 1 in 88 the last time statistics were collected.
The federal government currently pays less than 20 percent of the excess costs of educating a student covered by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
The most recent release of data from the U.S. Department of Education's office for civil rights shows broad disparities in restraint, seclusion and suspensions for students covered by IDEA.
The Education Department's office for civil rights said that the district needed to make courses fully accessible for the 9,000 students enrolled in online schools.
The U.S. Department of Education plans to be more flexible in assisting states, said Michael Yudin, a department official, at a meeting of state education board members.
Two literacy experts discussed techniques for teaching literacy in the era of the Common Core State Standards, something that many teachers say they don't feel prepared to do.
The newspaper offers a detailed account of the lives of men with intellectual disabilities who worked for decades at a turkey-processing plant, earning less than $100 a month.