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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.

October 07, 2011

More Inclusion in Detroit Ends Four Years of Sanctions

To reform its special education program, Detroit boosted the number of students spending at least 80 percent of their school day in general education settings from about 28 percent in 2006 to 38 percent last school year.

September 22, 2011

More Concern on Loosened Special Education Spending Rules

New guidance from the U.S. Department of Education about school districts' special education spending has some worried about the weakening of the once-solid armor protecting these budgets.

September 01, 2011

Audit: Special Ed. Money Misspent; Collaboratives Questioned

Audits of government agencies in Massachusetts that pool school district resources to provide services to students with disabilities have found these so-called collaboratives have allowed questionable spending on entertainment, staff salaries and benefits; been keepers of slush funds for member districts; and failed to provide licensed professionals to work with students with disabilities, among other problems.

August 19, 2011

Survey of School, District Workers Shows Wider Use of RTI

In a survey of nearly 1,400 school- and district-level workers, 68 percent said they are either in full implementation or in the process of districtwide implementation.

August 08, 2011

Review of IDEA Shows More Use of Response to Intervention

A new study evaluates many ways in which the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is working, and not. The study finds that more schools are using response to intervention, but fewer schools are able to address parents' complaints.

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