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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.

March 24, 2014

Special Education Funding a Priority for House Education Committee Chairman

The federal government currently pays less than 20 percent of the excess costs of educating a student covered by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

December 11, 2013

Proposed Budget Deal Seen As 'Positive Step' for Special Education Aid

Advocates say the bipartisan budget accord reached by congressional negotiators to roll back sequestration cuts is a good move, but want to keep the pressure on lawmakers.

August 23, 2013

Ed. Dept. Proposes to End Testing Under Modified Standards

Most states have already pledged to do away with the tests, which were aimed at students who could not meet grade-level standards despite good instruction.

August 20, 2013

Ed. Dept. Addresses Bullying of Students With Disabilities

Moving a student with disabilities to a more-restrictive setting to address bullying may violate special education law, a U.S. Department of Education guidance letter says.

August 06, 2013

Special Education Office Moves Toward Measuring Student Outcomes

The reports on state performance in special education will shift to a system that measures "things that really matter," says Melody Musgrove, the director of the office of special education programs.

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