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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.

April 05, 2013

Minorities in Special Education: Are They Underrepresented?

Federal policy has been focused on reducing the numbers of minorities enrolled in special education, but some research shows minority students are underenrolled in special programs.

March 25, 2013

State Maintenance of Effort Rule Gets Congressional Tweak

States that reduce spending on special education no longer have to face a continuing penalty from the Department of Education.

March 12, 2013

'Critical Friends' Review Districts' Special Ed. Programs

Tacoma, Wash., is among a growing number of districts seeking qualitative feedback on their special education programs from the Urban Special Education Leadership Collaborative.

February 27, 2013

Education Secretary Says Special Education To See Cuts Under Sequestration

The across-the-board cuts will have widespread negative effects, according to the Obama administration.

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