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November 04, 2009

Tenn. Parents Sue Teacher, Alleging She Used Restraints

Parents of students with disabilities have filed a lawsuit against the Sumner County, Tenn., board of education, and a special education teacher who is charged with child abuse, the Associated Press reports. Donna Weidenbenner, a teacher at Station Camp Elementary, was suspended without pay in Apr...

November 03, 2009

Principals Group Releases IDEA Recommendations

The National Association of Secondary School Principals is calling for changes in the reauthorization scheduled for next year.

October 22, 2009

Partial Settlement Reached in Ohio Special Education Lawsuit

The deal is designed to end the disparities in services across districts in Ohio.

October 19, 2009

Hawaii 'Furlough Fridays' May Prompt Lawsuit on Behalf of Spec. Ed. Students

Hawaii's plan to reduce costs by closing public schools for 17 "furlough" Fridays this year may prompt a federal class action on behalf of special education students, reports the Honolulu Advertiser. "While we are not anxious to file a lawsuit," Eric Seitz, a Honolulu lawyer, told the paper, he wil...

September 10, 2009

UPDATED: With Harkin's Move, Full Funding for IDEA Gains Momentum

The Iowa senator has long been a champion of full funding for special education.

September 08, 2009

Ed. Dept. Gives Guidance on Providing Special Education During a Swine Flu Outbreak

The department suggests that school officials consider ways of providing educational materials in accessible formats or through the use of auxiliary aids and services in order for a student with a disability to participate in a distance-learning program.

August 05, 2009

The United Nations Treaty on Disabilities and Special Education

Could an international agreement affect special education law?

June 12, 2009

D.C. to Lose Some Special Education Funding

The school district is one of three jurisdictions to receive a low rating from the Department of Education on how it educates students with disabilities.

May 29, 2009

Congressional Researchers Weigh In on Special Education Case Law

Many of you may already be familiar with the Government Accountability Office, the congressional "watchdog" agency that recently released a report on restraints and seclusion. Less well-known is the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service, which communicates directly with Congress. Though funded...

April 01, 2009

Education Department Releases IDEA Guidance on Stimulus

The U.S. Department of Education has put out a 22-page set of guidelines (pdf) on how to spend stimulus dollars for the Individuals With Disabilities Act, Part B (5- to 21-year-olds) and Section 619 (3- to 5-year-olds) States will receive $11.7 billion over the next two years for these programs. ...

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