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September 20, 2012

Decades-Old Suit Over Special Education Services in Baltimore Comes to a Close

The 84,000-student district agreed to find ways to eliminate the delays in evaluation and improve special education overall.

September 18, 2012

Seclusion in N.C. District Legal, Feds Say

New Hanover schools are complying with a state law that allows practices including seclusion rooms to deal with aggressive student behavior.

September 06, 2012

Could Cutting Special Ed. Spending Improve Student Achievement?

A new analysis of the cost of special education concludes that by cutting special education personnel in high-spending districts to the national average, the country could save up to $10 billion a year and improve educational outcomes for students with disabilities.

August 15, 2012

Texas Districts Flagged for Suspending Students With Disabilities

A disability-rights group singled out some Texas districts for disproportionate out-of-school suspensions of students with disabilities: 22 percent, compared to an average of 7 percent for students with disabilities statewide.

August 08, 2012

One in Four Black Students With Disabilities Suspended Out-of-School

And students with disabilities are suspended about twice as often as their peers, a new analysis from the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at the University of California, Los Angeles, has found.

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.

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