Dear Readers, On Special Education and the other blogs here at Education Week will be closed on Saturday Sept. 19 for technical upgrades. We should be back on Sunday Sept. 20. Have a nice weekend. Thanks, Lisa...


A documentary that explores the social and educational benefits and challenges of including children with disabilities in the regular classroom will be shown on PBS World on Oct. 9. The filmmaker Dan Habib tells the story of his family’s quest to have his youngest son, Samuel, who has cerebral palsy, included at school and in daily life. The movie, Including Samuel, also features the stories of other families, educators, young people, parents, and disability rights experts. The film focuses on their experiences, hopes, struggles, fears, and triumphs with inclusive classrooms. The movie may sound familiar. For the last few ...


The Iowa senator has long been a champion of full funding for special education.


The department suggests that school officials consider ways of providing educational materials in accessible formats or through the use of auxiliary aids and services in order for a student with a disability to participate in a distance-learning program.


A newspaper account details a Virginia couple's fight to be reimbursed for tutoring from their public school district.


The beginning of the school year is always a time to reconnect with old friends, and get to know new people. Allow me to do that here. My name is Lisa Fine, and I'll be writing about special education and gifted education for this blog while Christina Samuels spends this academic year as a Knight-Wallace Fellow at University of Michigan. I'll also be writing stories about these topics for Education Week. This is a return to the subject for me. I covered special education and gifted education for Education Week from 2000 to 2004. I've missed our readers and my ...


I will be a journalism fellow at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor for the new school year.


Better Education Department coordination could improve the training of teachers of special populations, according to a new report from a Congressional watchdog agency.


Researchers drew their conclusion through an analysis of data on a voucher program in Florida.


At the annual leadership conference sponsored by the office of special education programs, Duncan is challenged to "think differently."


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