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August 08, 2012

Alexa Posny to Step Down as Federal Special Education Chief

Friday will mark the end of Posny's second go-round at the department. In the Bush administration, she served as director of the special education department.

August 06, 2012

GAO: Transition for Students With Disabilities Can, Must Improve

The different agencies only coordinate their activities to an extent and don't ever reflect on how effectively they work together, the Government Accountability Office said.

July 31, 2012

Feds Pledge More Focus on Outcomes for Students With Disabilities

A heavy federal focus on compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act hasn't made much of a difference where it counts: students' test scores and dropout rates, among other measures.

July 27, 2012

Special Education Could Suffer Billion-Dollar Automatic Cut

The potential cuts to special education "could translate into the layoffs of more than 10,000 teachers, aides, and other staff who provide essential instruction and other support to 6.6 million children with disabilities," U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said.

July 20, 2012

School Boards Group Wants Restraint, Seclusion Proposal Diluted

The National School Boards Association is seeking a far less heavy-handed version of proposed federal legislation and exemptions from any national law for states with their own guidance or legislation.

July 10, 2012

Mississippi Ed. Agency Sued Over Lingering IDEA Violations in Jackson

Advocates say the state education department is falling short of ensuring that the Jackson district provides services required under federal law for students with disabilities.

June 20, 2012

South Carolina Files Motion to Stall $36 Million Special Ed. Penalty

The state filed a motion for a stay in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to put off the penalty, in part to continue fighting the U.S. Department of Education over whether it should have been levied at all. South Carolina also worries about the financial repercussions

June 20, 2012

Charter Schools Enroll Lower Rates of Students With Disabilities

The next question, one advocate says, is once they get in, how are they doing?

June 15, 2012

Senate Committee Reinforces Rules About District Special Ed. Spending

The Senate Appropriations Committee affirmed a federal edict that school districts maintain how much they spend on special education from year to year.

June 12, 2012

Federal Special Education Budget Gets Initial Boost

A U.S. Senate subcommittee voted to increase spending for young and school-age children with disabilities, but it remains to be seen whether the increases will stick in the long run.

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