Changes in the Every Student Succeeds Act will mean new regulations governing the testing of about 1 percent of students with severe cognitive disabilities.
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March 25, 2016
March 04, 2016
The Education Department says that states need tighter guidelines on how to assess districts for racial and ethnic bias in special education. But just how are states figuring out if minorities are being shunted inappropriately to special education classes?
February 23, 2016
A proposed rule would require all districts to use a common yardstick in measuring whether they over-identify minority students for special education services.
February 10, 2016
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
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
Clinton's plan would address the use of restraint and seclusion and expand the use of early screenings, among other proposals.
December 30, 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
Melody Musgrove, currently the director of the office of special education programs, will be returning to her home in Mississippi.
September 03, 2015
Kline, a Republican from Minnesota, has been the top Republican on the House Education Committee since 2009.
August 25, 2015
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.