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October 10, 2017

Providing Special Education in a Time of Disaster

The U.S. Department of Education says that it wants to provide flexibility and support for schools and districts struggling to recover. That could include financial relief for states that request it.

July 17, 2017

DeVos To Special Educators: Families 'Shouldn't Have to Sue' For School Options

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said a recent U.S. Supreme Court case offers an example of why parents of students with disabilities need school choice options.

July 14, 2017

Betsy DeVos Invited to Address Annual Special Education Conference

The U.S. secretary of education is scheduled to address a conference sponsored by the office of special education programs, where experts discuss federal topics related to students with disabilities.

July 11, 2017

Special Educators Head to Capitol Hill With 'Sense of Urgency'

Members of the Council for Exceptional Children and the Council for Administrators of Special Education want Congress to preserve Medicaid and allocate more money for special education and gifted education.

June 01, 2017

Education Department Launches New Special Education Site

A refreshed website hosted by the U.S. Department of Education includes links to the special education law, regulations and other resources.

March 09, 2017

Education Department Seeks Comment on Revised IDEA Website

The comments will be used to create a "new and improved" special education website to be housed at idea.ed.gov, which was offline for several weeks earlier this year.

March 07, 2017

When Will We Have a New Federal Special Education Chief? (And Why It Matters)

The federal office of special education and rehabilitative services doesn't have a new chief, and advocates say they're worried about special education being on the backburner.

January 18, 2017

Betsy DeVos Faces Sharp Questioning on Special Education Policy

The nominee for education secretary appeared to stumble during her confirmation hearing as senators pushed on whether she would adhere to the protections of special education law and policy.

December 12, 2016

Final Rule Released on Identifying Racial Bias in Special Education

Many more school districts will be required to use special education money to address minority overrepresentation under a final rule released Monday by the U.S. Department of Education.

November 09, 2016

What Will a Trump Administration Mean for Special Education?

In a questionnaire prepared by disability advocacy groups, the Trump campaign stressed the federal government's limited role in local education.

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