A federal appeals court ruled the the U.S. Department of Education owed the state a hearing before levying a penalty that resulted in the loss of $36 million in federal special education dollars.
Students tested only on the simplest tasks under Texas' new testing regime will not be counted as proficient under state and federal proficiency standards.
Programs in Maine and Massachusetts will be profiled during the event.
The parents of an Oklahoma student contended that a school district violated their son's rights by placing him in a 'timeout' room even after his IEP was amended to stop its use.
The American Association of School Administrators is proposing that an independent consultant be brought in when parents and districts cannot agree.
The PARCC accommodations manual, now open for public comment, offers guidance and restrictions on who should be allowed to use accommodations on the new tests coming in 2014-15.
California Watch's reporting on problems with the state-run police force tasked to protect the vulnerable residents of California group homes was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for public service.
Mary Washer, an Oklahoma high school student with severe disabilities, was not able to use a particular accommodation to pass required state tests.
The main part of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act would be funded at $11.6 billion under President Barack Obama's proposed budget, released today.
Federal policy has been focused on reducing the numbers of minorities enrolled in special education, but some research shows minority students are underenrolled in special programs.