Members of the Council for Exceptional Children and the Council for Administrators of Special Education want Congress to preserve Medicaid and allocate more money for special education and gifted education.
The program will be an option for 100 students with complex behavioral needs, with the goal of reducing private school placements.
One study shows that students with disabilities may see drops in academic achievement when they use private-school vouchers, and a second notes that students are more likely than peers to drop a special education label.
Parents of a child with autism filed lawsuits against the Clark County, Nev. district, after video evidence showed him being restrained repeatedly.
Students with disabilities who spend 80 percent or more of their day in general education have better outcomes than similar peers, as do those who take a concentration of career and technical education courses.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has said schools receiving federal money must follow federal laws, but laws relating to students with disabilities who use vouchers are murky.
A refreshed website hosted by the U.S. Department of Education includes links to the special education law, regulations and other resources.
A Nebraska senator introduced a bill that would give teachers legal cover to physically restraint disruptive students, prompting a strong positive response from members of the state teachers' union.
The National Center for Learning Disabilities, an advocacy organization, released its latest "State of Learning Disabilities" report Tuesday, offering statistics, policy recommendations and personal stories.
Republican Brian Calley said that the plan already submitted to the U.S. Department of Education should be modified to reflect more accountability for the performance of students with disabilities.