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.
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September 22, 2011
August 31, 2011
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 18, 2011
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 05, 2011
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.
June 10, 2011
In many districts, the portion of the budget devoted to students with disabilities has grown significantly over the years and is perceived as being untouchable. I can understand how even bringing up the subject of saving money on special ed expenses might terrify parents.
May 13, 2011
In a case over whether the District of Columbia did enough to identify students with disabilities, the judge was unimpressed by the district's efforts to hand over thousands of documents related to the case.
April 26, 2011
The Los Angeles Unified School District has a new attitude and a new approach to working with charter schools on accommodating the needs of students with disabilities.
April 13, 2011
One way or another, Illinois will get involved in East St. Louis School District 189, which has had a number of problems providing an appropriate education to its special education students.
April 11, 2011
In some school districts, high-quality prekindergarten programs kept some students out of special education when they started kindergarten, saving money districts would have spent on intensive, expensive services required for kids who hadn't been in the same pre-K programs.
April 04, 2011
Will the battle for special education services, when, where, and how much, ever come to an end?