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July 10, 2012

Mississippi Ed. Agency Sued Over Lingering IDEA Violations in Jackson

Advocates say the state education department is falling short of ensuring that the Jackson district provides services required under federal law for students with disabilities.

July 09, 2012

New York May Weigh Students' Culture in Private Placements

The state legislature passed a bill that would require districts to consider students' home environment when deciding on a private school, in addition to students' academic needs.

June 15, 2012

Senate Committee Reinforces Rules About District Special Ed. Spending

The Senate Appropriations Committee affirmed a federal edict that school districts maintain how much they spend on special education from year to year.

May 24, 2012

Details of Romney's School Choice Plan Emerge

Students who use the choice option to attend private schools would have to participate in state standardized testing, and states getting federal money for disadvantaged students and students with disabilities will have to create open-enrollment plans.

May 03, 2012

Senators, Advocates Call for Increase, Improvement in Teaching Braille

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan is urged to consult stakeholders and write new regulations for the education plans of students who are blind or visually impaired and give guidance to school districts on teaching Braille reading and writing.

April 26, 2012

D.C. Says Work Will Take Special Education Services to 'Next Level'

Among the work going on now is a review of practices across the district that will take inventory of the very best of these, then share them, something that doesn't always happen in the frenetic pace of a school year.

April 25, 2012

Parents Compelled to Secretly Wire Children to Track Events at School

In at least two cases, parents of children with autism fitted their children with recording devices to capture what happens in school. In both cases, students were subjected to hearing inappropriate conversations. One student was recorded being spanked repeatedly.

April 23, 2012

Feds Resolve Issues In Memphis Over Students With Health Problems

The Education Department's office for civil rights was investigating in part to see if there was a difference in whether and what services students were offered because of their race.

April 23, 2012

Kansas Takes First Step Toward Regulating Restraints, Seclusion

The rules about the use of these emergency interventions should apply to all students, not just those with disabilities, these techniques be used only for emergency or safety reasons, not as a behavior modification tool, an advisory group said.

April 16, 2012

The Intersection of Race and Students With Disabilities

"Racism is endemic," one university professor says of assigning students of color to certain types of disabilities. "Many of us who have been victims are perpetrators of it."

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