A middle school embarks on a "detracking" project.


The new scholarship program would apply to students in all disability categories, and start next year.


Is the "A-word" the new "R-word?"


Dear Readers, I am very happy to welcome back writer Christina Samuels, who has just returned from her fellowship to resume covering special education and gifted education for Education Week. I have enjoyed covering the rich and complex topic of special education and gifted education in her absence. I think the way the nation handles educating students with different needs says a lot about the future of education. It has been fascinating to see trends emerge like the use of Response to Intervention programs that base education on the individual needs of students along the entire spectrum of abilities in ...


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Educators are looking for ways to make tiered intervention work for preschoolers.


The reductions comes from a rule change at the state level.


Hello blog friends! After eight months away at a wonderful fellowship at the University of Michigan for mid-career journalists, I've returned to Education Week and I'm back on the special education beat. Thanks so much to Lisa Fine for taking good care of the blog while I was away! I followed many of my favorite special education bloggers while I was away, and I wanted to draw attention to this pointed entry by friend-of-the-blog Mark Miller at Special Needs Truth '08. Mark wrote about the District of Columbia's admission that the school system was fumbling in its efforts to remove ...


Why should there be outdated or offensive language in the very laws designed to protect the civil rights of individuals with disabilities? That's what some lawmakers are discussing on Capitol Hill this week. Senators are preparing to eliminate all references in federal law to the terms "mental retardation" and "mentally retarded individual," The Hill newspaper reports. New legislation, called Rosa's Law, would replace those terms with "intellectual disability" and "individual with an intellectual disability," the article says. The bill was introduced by Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) last November after promising a constituent she would act if the Maryland legislature passed ...


The Chicago public schools this week announced a new leader for the special education department, as part of an overhaul of how students with disabilities are served in the district, according to the Chicago Tribune. On Monday, the district named Richard Smith as head of the office of specialized services, the Tribune reported. He will replace Deborah Duskey in the role. Smith, a former principal, most recently served as a chief area officer at the district overseeing special education schools. The Tribune said he will begin overhauling special education by enforcing a more collaborative attitude toward students and parents. Education ...


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