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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. ...

March 12, 2009

Stimulus Dollars for Professional Development

Get ready for more teacher training, more technology, and perhaps more resources for early intervention programs as school districts start to get their hands on the $12.2 billion allocated by the federal government for special education stimulus funds. There are still a lot of unresolved question...

February 12, 2009

$12B for Special Education; More Info To Come

Politics K-12 is reporting that the stimulus bill agreed to by House and Senate leaders includes $12.2 billion for special education over fiscal years 2009 and 2010, down from the $13.5 billion that was in the individual House and Senate stimulus bills. I'm reaching out to sources to find out more...

February 06, 2009

When is a Stimulus Not Really a Stimulus?

For the special education world, seen perpetually underfunded, the prospect of an infusion of $13 billion over two years in federal stimulus funds might seem like a pretty great deal. But the extra funding has become entangled in spending rules that are a part of the complex Individuals With Disa...

January 29, 2009

How Much IDEA Funding Will Your District Get Under the Stimulus Proposal?

This great link was passed to me by Linda Perlstein, the public editor for the Education Writers Association. It's a breakdown of how much every school district in the country would receive in special education dollars under the stimulus bill recently passed by the House of Representatives. The "Am...

November 14, 2008

Department of Education Appears Firm on Spec. Ed. Compliance Indicators

My colleagues at have posted a first look at an article I wrote this week on special education compliance and the states. The print version of the story will be in the Nov. 19 issue of Education Week. The passage of the Individuals with Disabilities Act in 2004 came with some new compli...

October 21, 2008

District Official Says Some School Staff Ignore Mandated Meetings

For an observer of special education, the District of Columbia system is in a class by itself, unfortunately. It suffers from a "perfect storm" of education issues: not enough programs for students with disabilities, some demoralized staff, and a class-action lawsuit on behalf of underserved student...

September 18, 2008

Coordinated Early Intervening Services

Project Forum, a federally funded project of the National Association of State Directors of Special Education, has released a new publication (pdf) on coordinated early intervening services. Districts are allowed to use part of their federal special education dollars on early intervening services fo...

August 25, 2008

Candidates Reaffirm Commitment to Special Education Funding

At two recent town hall meetings, both Barack Obama and John McCain reiterated their desire to see more money go to special education. Obama's comments, made Aug. 19 in Raleigh, N.C., were posted on YouTube: An audience member told Obama, a Democrat, about her experiences with her 3-year-old son, w...

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