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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.

June 20, 2012

South Carolina Files Motion to Stall $36 Million Special Ed. Penalty

The state filed a motion for a stay in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to put off the penalty, in part to continue fighting the U.S. Department of Education over whether it should have been levied at all. South Carolina also worries about the financial repercussions

June 04, 2012

South Carolina Won't Get Hearing on Special Ed. Penalty

The Education Department gave South Carolina a year to find a way to come up with the $36 million it faces losing, permanently, by putting off a $36 million penalty until this October. Earlier this year, the state was denied another one-year delay of the loss in federal money. In a letter to state Superintendent Mick Zais late last month, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan denied the request for a hearing.

May 24, 2012

Details of Romney's School Choice Plan Emerge

Students who use the choice option to attend private schools would have to participate in state standardized testing, and states getting federal money for disadvantaged students and students with disabilities will have to create open-enrollment plans.

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