Using $800,000 in money it got from the federal Race to the Top competition, the district is hiring the American Institutes of Research to study how students with disabilities are served in public and private schools in the district, identify best practices, and figure out what strategies and approaches can be scaled up in district schools.
In a recent article in CIO (Chief Information Officers) magazine some members of the autism advocacy community are questioning the therapeutic value of iPads.
After the What Works Clearinghouse reviewed 166 studies of the program, it found that none met its review protocol for early childhood education interventions for children with disabilities.
The president proposes increasing spending under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, which provides special education programs for infants and toddlers, by $20 million, for a total of $462.7 million.
Nearly every state had to tweak its No Child Left Behind waiver plan to better demonstrate how the needs of students with disabilities and English learners would be addressed.
The state is putting off a change to its state testing program that would have cut back on the use of readers on reading tests for some students with disabilities.
The federal Education Department's office for civil rights recently tried to clarify how school districts should uphold amendments to federal disability law. But one expert says the guidance is significant for what it doesn't say, not really what it does say.
Anthony Herrera could become ill if he takes high-stakes tests, his mother said, and he was discriminated against because he wouldn't take them. An investigation found he wasn't the victim of discrimination, but Anthony won't take the tests this year, anyway.
The state board of education banned the use of readers on some state tests, whether that means people or computer software that read text aloud, an accommodation used by some students with disabilities, who also use this kind of help in class every day.
The city failed to provide special education services to about 1 in 4 students entitled to them during the 2009-10 school year, and the city's most elite high schools need to admit more students with disabilities.