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December 31, 2012

Federal Appeals Court Backs Parents in Special Ed. Placement

A Colorado district must reimburse the parents for a special education student's enrollment at an out-of-state residential facility, a federal appellate court has ruled.

December 03, 2012

Disability Rights, Access to Education Vary Around the World

The fate of American approval of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is unknown as opponents say it will effect the ability of parents in the United States to homeschool their children.

November 30, 2012

U.S. House Committee Ponders Federal Role in Addressing Autism

Members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform asked those in the autism researchers and advocates to tell them how the federal role in autism research, education of those with autism, and autism-related services should change.

November 26, 2012

Court: Districts Must Repay Parents for Special Ed. Evals

School districts, under certain circumstances, must reimburse parents for independent educational evaluations of their children with disabilities, a federal court has ruled.

November 26, 2012

Cyber Charter Threatened Over Treatment of Students With Disabilities

Georgia Cyber Academy could be closed if it fails to create or obtain individual education plans for students.

November 05, 2012

After 30 Years of Special Ed. Law, How Far Have We Really Come?

Talking with a group of foreigners about the U.S. special education system recently, I wondered how well the American system really works.

October 30, 2012

Los Angeles Still Struggles to Serve Students With Disabilities

About eight in 10 students with disabilities get the right number of sessions of services they need, but only seven in 10 get those services for the amount of time their educational plans say they should.

October 18, 2012

Ed. Dept. Slashes S.C. Special Education Budget, Permanently

In what may be a first-of-its-kind penalty, the feds used a provision in federal law that allows cutting a state's federal special education grant, permanently, if the state cut its special education budget without the right justification.

October 16, 2012

Jobs of Thousands of Special Education Teachers At Risk

The automatic cuts, set to kick in on Jan. 2, stem from Congress' disagreement over raising the federal debt ceiling.

September 27, 2012

Out-of-State Move Doesn't Absolve District of Spec. Ed. Obligations

The court ruled that there is "no basis to distinguish between out-of-district, but in-state, moves and out-of-state moves in the IDEA or in case law" and rejected the school district's theory that compensatory educational services were "subsumed within the education that he was currently receiving" from his new school district.

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