"Making changes in policy leading to more effective practice takes time and patience."

We wanted readers to get a chance to know Alexa Posny, who has held the role of assistant secretary for special education and rehabilitative services since the Senate confirmed her in October. So Education Week submitted questions to Posny, the former Kansas education commissioner, and she sent back written responses, which we will print in this column in a few installments. President Obama nominated Posny to the key federal post in July. The job has meant a return to Washington for Posny, who was director of the Education Department's office of special education in 2006-07. She had been the Kansas ...

On Special Education interviews the head of the U.S. Department of Education's office of special education and rehabilitative services.

The Early Stages Center will evaluate children ages 3 to 5 for development delays and identify services for them.

Parents of special education students in a Kentucky school district have formed their own Parent Teacher Association to represent their unique needs, an article in the Louisville Courier-Journal reports. The group, which formed in March in Oldham County, offers support and resources to parents and works to improve communication with the district. School officials say they hope it's a model for other districts in the state and around the nation, the article said. The article reports there are as many as 170 special education PTA groups across the nation. "What it comes down to is that it's the right thing ...

Local costs in the state have risen over the past five years, perhaps because of a rise in the number of students with severe disabilities.

The independent federal agency makes recommendations on issues affecting Americans with disabilities.

The technology was more effective in helping to accomplish goals in the IEP than other interventions.

Parents of students with profound disabilities are opposing a plan by a suburban Chicago school district to close a special school for those students and include them into general elementary school classrooms, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The idea behind Evanston-Skokie District 65's inclusion plan is to make special education "a service, not a place," the article says. But these parents say they have tried inclusive arrangements and they don't work out well for their children, the article says. Schools around the nation have moved toward inclusion over the years with different levels of success, the article notes. What has ...

The Clark County district plans to build a school for highly gifted students in grades 6-12

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