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November 26, 2012

Court: Districts Must Repay Parents for Special Ed. Evals

School districts, under certain circumstances, must reimburse parents for independent educational evaluations of their children with disabilities, a federal court has ruled.

November 16, 2012

Ed. Dept. to Forgive Loans More Easily for Those Who Become Disabled

The shift reported by Propublica and the Chronicle of Higher Education report will allow many borrowers to avoid a lengthy double review to determine whether they truly are disabled.

November 12, 2012

District of Columbia Settles Lawsuit Over Transport of Special Ed. Students

Over the years, a special master had found that some students with disabilities were never picked up or picked up late, missing valuable time in school.

October 24, 2012

States Must Tread Cautiously on Evaluations of Special Ed. Teachers

With school reform efforts combining with federal incentives to encourage more districts and states to change how they evaluate teachers, the Council for Exceptional Children shares its views on evaluating special education teachers.

October 18, 2012

Ed. Dept. Slashes S.C. Special Education Budget, Permanently

In what may be a first-of-its-kind penalty, the feds used a provision in federal law that allows cutting a state's federal special education grant, permanently, if the state cut its special education budget without the right justification.

September 28, 2012

Audit: Monitoring of Centers for Independent Living Needs Upgrade

The centers could serve--and may in many communities--as a powerful link to work, education, and other opportunities and people with disabilities. But sound monitoring is a part of making sure those centers are serving their purpose, the inspector general said.

September 17, 2012

Outcomes for Students With Severe Disabilities Can, Must Improve

The Collaboration to Promote Self-Determination today shared a set of recommendations to better prepare students with significant disabilities for the workforce and continue their education after high school.

September 06, 2012

Could Cutting Special Ed. Spending Improve Student Achievement?

A new analysis of the cost of special education concludes that by cutting special education personnel in high-spending districts to the national average, the country could save up to $10 billion a year and improve educational outcomes for students with disabilities.

August 06, 2012

GAO: Transition for Students With Disabilities Can, Must Improve

The different agencies only coordinate their activities to an extent and don't ever reflect on how effectively they work together, the Government Accountability Office said.

July 11, 2012

GAO Questions Effectiveness of Federal Disability Work Programs

The GAO wasn't impressed by the array of 45 programs attempting to improve employment for people with disabilities.

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