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June 11, 2012

Special Education Directors Fear Potential Budget Cuts

Results of a new survey by the Council for Exceptional Children show that special education directors still dealing with the effects of the economic downturn are almost universally concerned about the 8 percent budget cut the federal action—or inaction depending on how you look at it—will trigger.

June 08, 2012

Would Romney Voucher Plan Equalize Special Ed. Opportunities?

Yes, according to an attorney whose son with autism is in a private school, at New York City's expense.

June 04, 2012

South Carolina Won't Get Hearing on Special Ed. Penalty

The Education Department gave South Carolina a year to find a way to come up with the $36 million it faces losing, permanently, by putting off a $36 million penalty until this October. Earlier this year, the state was denied another one-year delay of the loss in federal money. In a letter to state Superintendent Mick Zais late last month, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan denied the request for a hearing.

May 25, 2012

How Should Students With Learning Disabilities Be Identified?

The combination of a surge in the use of response to intervention and a lack of consensus about how much of a role cognitive assessment should play in an evaluation prompted the National Center for Learning Disabilities this month to issue new set of guidelines on their view of how students with specific learning disabilities should be identified.

May 22, 2012

Romney Proposes to Boost School Choice for Students With Disabilities

Among the presidential hopeful's education proposals is one regarding expanding school choice options for low-income students and students with disabilities.

May 03, 2012

Senators, Advocates Call for Increase, Improvement in Teaching Braille

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan is urged to consult stakeholders and write new regulations for the education plans of students who are blind or visually impaired and give guidance to school districts on teaching Braille reading and writing.

May 01, 2012

Proposals for Reforming Special Education Law

An attorney might propose ways to reform the law—due for reauthorization for several years now—that are beneficial to that profession. But that's anything but the gist of these suggestions.

April 18, 2012

S.C. Chief Asks Lawmakers for $36 Million More for Special Education

The federal government is expected to cut the money from South Carolina's share of federal special education dollars on Oct. 1, a penalty for past cuts the state made to its own budget for working with students with disabilities.

April 16, 2012

The Intersection of Race and Students With Disabilities

"Racism is endemic," one university professor says of assigning students of color to certain types of disabilities. "Many of us who have been victims are perpetrators of it."

March 06, 2012

Civil Rights Data Offer Count of Section 504 Students

It's been difficult to determine how many students have these plans.

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