The 17-state governing board adopted a manual that gives guidelines on issues such as read-aloud accommodations on the English/language arts tests, and calculator usage on the math test.
The state budget includes $8 million that can be used to help provide vouchers of up to $10,000 for students with disabilities to attend private schools.
In a letter to schools, districts and states, the Education Department notes that special education law requires that blind and visually impaired students should be taught Braille unless an IEP team deems such instruction inappropriate.
The district must comply with a consent decree to reduce, by 33 percent, the number of students enrolled in
Providence has shut down a program for youth and adults with intellectual disabilities that required them work at menial jobs at wages far below the state minimum.
Two separate grant applications will provide money to help parent centers and to assist states in IDEA data collection.
The longrunning concern about too few special education teachers is vividly illustrated in a recent article that outlines one state's challenges.
The state is considering doing away with rules that limit the number of students in special education that can be in a general education classroom.
The Stop Hurting Kids campaign, a coalition of more than 20 advocacy groups, will premiere a documentary that talks about restraint and seclusion from the perspective of youth and their families.
U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., says the federal government has not come close to meeting the 40 percent of special education spending that it is authorized to pay for.