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March 24, 2014

Special Education Funding a Priority for House Education Committee Chairman

The federal government currently pays less than 20 percent of the excess costs of educating a student covered by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

October 29, 2013

Performance of Students With Disabilities Hard to Gauge in School Accountability

Variability in state policy makes it difficult to compare states to one another, according to a report from the Institute of Education Sciences.

August 29, 2013

Hawaii Age Limit on Special Education Struck Down

The state cannot exclude students with disabilities who are 20 and 21 from public schools, according to a federal appeals court.

August 20, 2013

Ed. Dept. Addresses Bullying of Students With Disabilities

Moving a student with disabilities to a more-restrictive setting to address bullying may violate special education law, a U.S. Department of Education guidance letter says.

June 19, 2013

Braille Instruction Receives Boost From Education Department

In a letter to schools, districts and states, the Education Department notes that special education law requires that blind and visually impaired students should be taught Braille unless an IEP team deems such instruction inappropriate.

June 07, 2013

Illinois Ponders New Inclusion Rules

The state is considering doing away with rules that limit the number of students in special education that can be in a general education classroom.

May 24, 2013

House Ed. Committee Chairman Seeks More Special Education Spending

U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., says the federal government has not come close to meeting the 40 percent of special education spending that it is authorized to pay for.

May 14, 2013

Special Education Office Aims to Revise Monitoring Focus

A new reporting system is expected to focus more on educational outcomes as opposed to procedural compliance.

April 29, 2013

South Carolina Entitled to Hearing on Special Education Funding

A federal appeals court ruled the the U.S. Department of Education owed the state a hearing before levying a penalty that resulted in the loss of $36 million in federal special education dollars.

April 22, 2013

School Leader Group Proposes Change to Special Education Due Process

The American Association of School Administrators is proposing that an independent consultant be brought in when parents and districts cannot agree.

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