The educational framework can be part of a comprehensive evaluation of students, but cannot be the entire process, according to a recently released memo.
After two decades of decline, special education court cases are showing an upswing.
Chancellor Cathleen P. Black said that the plans will be pushed back a year to allow the district to "scale up" reforms already being piloted in some schools.
A voucher provision for military families is gone, but a new White House focus on the unique needs of the military may draw attention to children with disabilities in military families.
Special education advocates will have to be part of a conversation on educational efficiencies.
Requiring the state department of education to handle applications and process the funds may end the stand-off, school leaders say.
Demographics, funding levels and federal evaluations are included in the two-page documents on each state.
Lower Merion, a district in a suburb of Philadelphia, is accused of systematically tracking black students into special education classes.
Ensuring that students have access to the general curriculum has been a goal of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act since 1997.
Is there a conflict between self-sufficiency and learning skills such as Braille?