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December 11, 2018

Race, Not Disability Status, Linked to Increased Suspension Rates

The research team that has examined minority identification for special education has turned its attention to a new subject: suspension rates.

October 20, 2018

Texas Directed to Take Additional Actions to Remedy Special Education Violations

Thousands of Texas children are believed to have been kept from special education services because of a now-prohibited special education enrollment target of 8.5 percent, which is well below the national average.

October 17, 2018

Ed. Dept. Signals New Attempt to Address Racial Bias in Special Education

The Education Department has concerns with an Obama-era approach to addressing potential overrepresentation of minorities in special education, so it plans to tackle the issue itself.

October 11, 2018

Michigan Administrator Tapped to Oversee Federal Special Education Programs

Laurie VanderPloeg, a longtime special education administrator, will take over the office of special education programs starting in November.

October 03, 2018

State ESSA Plans A 'Missed Opportunity' for Special Education, Says Advocacy Group

Most states' plans Every Student Succeeds Act plans could do more to push rigorous goals and adequate supports for students with disabilities, according to an analysis from the National Center for Learning Disabilities.

September 20, 2018

Special Education Needs Rethinking, Says Top Education Department Official

A new statement from the head of the federal office of special education outlines a department role based on offering "flexibility and support" to states.

July 20, 2018

Majority of States Fall Short on Special Education Compliance, Ed. Dept. Says

States are evaluated by the Education Department each year in how well they meet both the regulations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, as well as how students with disabilities are performing academically.

June 29, 2018

Special Education Bias Rule Put on Hold for Two Years by DeVos Team

As expected, the Education Department has delayed a rule that would require states to take a standardized approach in evaluating districts for minority bias in special education.

May 12, 2018

Deadline Nears for Comments on Delaying Special Education Bias Rule

More than 200 commenters have already submitted comments on an Education Department proposal to put off a change in how states evaluate districts for "significant disproportionality" in identifying and enrolling special education students.

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.

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