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February 10, 2016

Is Special Education Paperwork Really a Problem?

Spoiler alert: Yes, many think so. But a federal report says district leaders also acknowledge paperwork's importance, and say state and local requirements impose their own burdens.

January 05, 2016

Hillary Clinton's Autism Policy Proposal Takes Birth-Through-Adulthood Approach

Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton reached out to advocacy groups in formulating policy priorities around supporting children, youth and adults with autism. The proposal was released Tuesday.

January 05, 2016

Hillary Clinton Unveils Autism Support Proposal

Clinton's plan would address the use of restraint and seclusion and expand the use of early screenings, among other proposals.

December 30, 2015

Your Favorite Special Education Posts of 2015

A wide variety of posts engaged readers of this blog in 2015, including posts about federal guidance, teaching, and special education law.

November 20, 2015

Federal Special Education Official to Step Down by Year's End

Melody Musgrove, currently the director of the office of special education programs, will be returning to her home in Mississippi.

September 03, 2015

Rep. John Kline to Retire; Lawmaker Supported Increased IDEA Funding

Kline, a Republican from Minnesota, has been the top Republican on the House Education Committee since 2009.

August 25, 2015

Education Department Alters Testing Requirement for Students with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education has taken a politically symbolic step: It's officially said that states can offer alternate assessments only to the 1 percent of students who have severe cognitive disabilities.

April 16, 2015

Restraint and Seclusion, Gifted Education Among Amendments to ESEA Bill

States would have to develop plans to prevent unnecessary restraint and seclusion in schools, and the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Education program would be reauthorized under the pending ESEA rewrite.

January 26, 2015

The 'Rise and Fall' of Alternate Assessments Based on Modified Standards

Intended for students who could not master grade-level content in one school year, these tests are on their way out, but they leave several lessons in their wake, says a recent analysis.

September 05, 2014

Aid to Families of Children With Disabilities Exceeds Welfare Payments

Public health experts are suggesting that for some low-income families, the Supplemental Security Income program is replacing the cash benefits that were cut by 90s-era welfare reform efforts.

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