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March 10, 2011

Fair and Appropriate, But Not Bully-Free

A federal judge ruled that "a fair appropriate public education does not require ... the District be able to prove that a student will not face future bullying...."

March 04, 2011

Performance Lags for Students With Hearing Impairments

A study finds that "higher percentages of youth with hearing impairments scored below the mean in reading, math, science and social studies, compared to students in the general population.

February 18, 2011

An Update on the Plans for Special Education Spending

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to restore the $557.7 million cut to special education state grants in the fiscal year 2011 spending bill they are considering -- but at a price.

February 15, 2011

More Details About Special Education Budget Proposals

President Obama's proposed increase for special education funding may be modest, but advocates may find it hard to complain as Republicans in the House of Representatives push for deep cuts.

December 28, 2010

On Special Education: Year in Review

Response to intervention continues to have widespread interest.

April 28, 2010

Duncan Underscores Value of Special Educators

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan aimed to inspire his audience last week at the Council for Exceptional Children's annual conference, calling special education a moral and civil rights issue. CEC, an advocacy group for special educators, has put a video of the seven-minute speech on its Web ...

April 09, 2010

Appeals Court Upholds Hawaii Teacher Furlough Days

A federal appeals court Monday upheld budget-driven Hawaii teacher furlough days from a lawsuit on behalf of special education students whose parents claimed they would be harmed by lack of instructional days, the Honolulu Advertiser reports. The Advertiser quoted this excerpt from the Ninth U.S. ...

April 07, 2010

U.S. Audit Faults Ohio Spec. Ed. Programs

A federal audit shows that some school districts in Ohio have had serious problems in special education programs that have gone unnoticed because of a lack of state oversight, according to an article from The Columbus Dispatch. Federal reviewers, who visited in October, found that some of the sch...

February 05, 2010

Special Education Funding Flat in New Proposed Budget

President Obama's budget for fiscal 2011, released last week, would keep special education funding at pretty much the same level as the previous year, which disappointed advocates who had hoped the administration would provide "full funding" of the law. "The Council for Exceptional Children commend...

January 26, 2010

Get to Know Alexa Posny, Head of OSERS, Part 3

"Making changes in policy leading to more effective practice takes time and patience."

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