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April 11, 2012

Advocates File Complaint Against District Over Use of Walker

An advocacy group says that as a result, the 5-year-old girl's overall mobility improvement has been stunted.

April 09, 2012

Special Ed. Segregation Probe Zeroes in on Georgia Ed. Department

Georgia's 27-year-old Quality Basic Education Act may give schools a financial incentive to segregate students with disabilities.

April 04, 2012

Feds Back Off Easing Penalties for Districts That Cut Special Ed. Funding

The U.S. Department of Education took back an offer it made to school districts last summer, an offer that would have allowed districts to cut special education spending and suffer fewer penalties than in the past.

February 21, 2012

D.C. Will Spend $800,000 for 'Road Map' to High-Quality Special Ed.

Using $800,000 in money it got from the federal Race to the Top competition, the district is hiring the American Institutes of Research to study how students with disabilities are served in public and private schools in the district, identify best practices, and figure out what strategies and approaches can be scaled up in district schools.

February 02, 2012

N.Y.C. Special-Needs Students Lack Services, Access to Elite High Schools

The city failed to provide special education services to about 1 in 4 students entitled to them during the 2009-10 school year, and the city's most elite high schools need to admit more students with disabilities.

January 30, 2012

Lessons From San Diego: Too Much Inclusion, Too Fast?

Did San Diego's approach to inclusion move too fast, without enough required training for teachers and principals? Many parents and teachers say yes, and students with and without disabilities have suffered as a result.

January 19, 2012

Districts Must Expand Definition, Services to Students With Disabilities

A new letter from the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights expands the definition of students for whom school districts' may have to provide special education services and accommodations, including some who in the past may have been found not to need those services.

December 12, 2011

How are States Addressing Autism? With Money, Training, and More

States are requiring new types of training for educators working with children who have autism, providing fresh sources of funding for private school vouchers for these students, and undertaking new studies to try to address the needs of children with autism as well as requiring insurance companies to provide coverage of one widely used autism treatment.

November 23, 2011

Judge Orders D.C. to Improve Special Education for Young Children

A federal judge has ruled that District of Columbia public schools must make sweeping changes to how young children with disabilities are located and served.

November 09, 2011

Investing in Gifted Education Could Cost Little, Report Finds

But states have to take steps to change policies and practices related to gifted students to reap the benefits these students could one day provide to the entire country.

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