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January 22, 2020

School Districts Struggle With Special Education Costs

For decades, special education advocates have urged the federal government to "fully fund" the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Here are some examples 'ripped from the headlines' of how the funding gap is affecting school districts.

December 30, 2019

Our Most-Read Special Education Stories of 2019

The most popular special education stories of the year examined the broken promises of special education, the aftermath of the lead crisis in Flint, Mich., and how educators lack confidence in their ability to meet the needs of children with disabilities.

December 19, 2019

Help for Principals Who Want to Support Special Education Teachers and Students

A new guide from the National Center for Learning Disabilities and Understood.org offers advice on how school leaders can best serve students with disabilities and support special education teachers.

September 18, 2019

Preparing Students for Life After Special Education? Here's How Federal Dollars Can Help

When can schools use federal funds to help students with disabilities prepare for life after special education? A new resource from the federal education department offers a road map.

July 31, 2019

Ways to Better Serve Often-Misunderstood English-Learners With Disabilities

Identifying and supporting students who are eligible for English-language acquisition and special education support can leave teachers feeling underprepared and overwhelmed. A new policy paper offers support.

August 07, 2018

Parkland Shooting Report Sharpens Focus on Special Education and Due Process

In a contentious meeting in his junior year, then 18-year-old Nikolas Cruz revoked his consent for special education services after he was told that was the only way he could stay at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. But there were other options, said a report released by a firm hired by the Broward School district.

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.

February 17, 2017

Government's Special Education Website Is Back After Prolonged Outage

After several days, the Education Department-hosted website that includes the Individuals with Disabilities Act is back up and running, and a better website is on the way, promised Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

February 10, 2017

Senators Seek Answers from DeVos on Special Education Website Outage

Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, both Democratic senators from Washington, want to know why the centralized website for the IDEA and related resources has been down for several days.

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