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February 23, 2018

Education Department Officially Proposes Delay of Special Education Bias Rule

As expected, the Education Department wants to delay by two years a rule requiring states to take a stricter approach for monitoring their districts for minority overrepresention in special education.

December 29, 2017

2017: The Year Everyone Started Caring About Federal Special Education Policy

This year brought widespread interest in federal special education policy, driven by intense interest in the moves of Betsy DeVos as education secretary.

December 22, 2017

Senate Confirms New Chief for Federal Special Education Office

Johnny Collett, a Kentucky native, will become the 10th person confirmed to lead the office of special education and rehabilitative services.

December 14, 2017

Education Department Seeks Rollback of Special Education Racial-Disparity Rule

States were poised to take a closer look at districts that might have minority overrepresentation, but the Education Department wants to put the rule on hold for two years.

December 05, 2017

Nominee for Special Education Chief Sticks to Script at Confirmation Hearing

Johnny W. Collett, nominated to lead the office for civil rights and rehabilitative services, was asked about several hot-button issues during his confirmation hearing, but kept his answers general.

November 29, 2017

HHS Audit Says New Jersey Must Pay Back Hundreds of Millions in Medicaid Funds

New Jersey used an incorrect method to calculate Medicaid reimbursements for services provided to students with disabilities, according to a federal audit, but the state disputes that claim.

November 28, 2017

Senate Sets Hearing Date for Nominee to Federal Special Education Post

Johnny Collett, the Trump administration's pick for assistant secretary for the office of special education and rehabilitative services, has been getting a warm reception so far from disability advocates.

October 25, 2017

Ed. Dept. Scrutinizing Rule on Minority Representation in Special Education

The Education Department plans to seek public comment on putting off a rule that would require more school districts to use federal dollars to address minority bias in special education, Politico reports.

October 24, 2017

Ed. Dept. Explains Special Education Guidance Cutbacks After Outcry

The uproar prompted by the Education Department's clearing out of old regulations demonstrates the mistrust disability advocates have for the Education Department.

October 20, 2017

Ed. Dept. Sweeps Away Old Special Education Guidance and Regulations

Following the Trump administration's mandate to clear out regulatory chaff, the office of special education and rehabilitative services plans to get rid of decades-old guidance documents.

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