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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.

June 10, 2011

The Challenge of Saving Money in Special Ed

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 18, 2011

D.C. Gets Dressed Down in Suit Over Identifying Students

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 $68,000 School Bus Ride

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 20, 2011

The Connection Between Pre-K and Special Ed

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 13, 2011

'Looking Top to Bottom' in Troubled Illinois School District

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.

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