As the number of children diagnosed with autism has increased over the last few years, new research finds these students are disproportionately involved in lawsuits about whether they are getting a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive setting as required by federal law.
Although Congress cut special education spending the last time it passed a short-term spending bill, the money could be restored, the Department of Educations says.
Nationally, about 3 percent of children younger than three get services to address their disability or potential to have a disability, but data shows that as many as 13 percent of all children in that age group should be served.
Parents have dropped their lawsuit over past tuition because future tuition payments seem secure, but a suit filed against them questions the vouchers' constitutionality.
But states have to take steps to change policies and practices related to gifted students to reap the benefits these students could one day provide to the entire country.
But they are less likely to be a part of the conversation about childhood obesity.
A recent study explored how many students with disabilities actually take the test known as the Nation's Report Card.
Spending for four programs--special education, Title I, teacher quality, and career and technical education--for the current school year was cut, presumably well after most states and school districts had spending plans for the year in place.
Will the teachers of students with disabilities, teachers who in many cases work with all students, have to meet a lesser standard than their counterparts? And will expectations of students with disabilities be lowered, too, when the Elementary and Secondary Education Act is reauthorized? Maybe.
"When a student with a disability takes a different assessment than a student without a disability, there is no way to compare their performance, no way to accurately measure achievement gaps and no way to know how well they have grasped the grade-level content."