The U.S. Education Department's office of special education will spend up to $5 million on the creation of the Center to Support the Development of Effective Educators to Serve Students with Disabilities.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, rejected the bill, saying it would have meant "an overly broad and ambiguous mandate" to send more students to private schools, burdening taxpayers with "incalculable significant additional costs."
A heavy federal focus on compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act hasn't made much of a difference where it counts: students' test scores and dropout rates, among other measures.
For the first time, children who cannot speak or who have speech impairments and use the text-to-speech app Proloquo2Go will sound a little more like themselves, thanks to months of work recording real children speaking.
The potential cuts to special education "could translate into the layoffs of more than 10,000 teachers, aides, and other staff who provide essential instruction and other support to 6.6 million children with disabilities," U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said.
Reading Mastery is used in all 50 states and internationally, and Reading Mastery Signature is used in more than 6,500 schools across the country.
Kelsey Carroll's a self-proclaimed "bitch" who says she's into safety pins, piercings, and tattoos. One of her teachers doesn't want her in class, but a new documentary shows she has what it takes to graduate—with some adult support.
Special education centers in Florida for students with severe disabilities are now graded on the same scale as other schools because of the accountability plan the state agreed upon to get a waiver from some of the requirements of the No Child Left Behind law.
The National School Boards Association is seeking a far less heavy-handed version of proposed federal legislation and exemptions from any national law for states with their own guidance or legislation.
The House version of the spending bill allows teachers in alternative certification programs to count as "highly qualified" as long as they are working toward certification and are part of a recognized program, for another two years.