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.
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April 04, 2012
February 21, 2012
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.