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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.

September 20, 2012

Decades-Old Suit Over Special Education Services in Baltimore Comes to a Close

The 84,000-student district agreed to find ways to eliminate the delays in evaluation and improve special education overall.

September 17, 2012

Outcomes for Students With Severe Disabilities Can, Must Improve

The Collaboration to Promote Self-Determination today shared a set of recommendations to better prepare students with significant disabilities for the workforce and continue their education after high school.

September 07, 2012

Students With ADHD Must Better Prepare for College

Students didn't factor ADHD into their decision-making about college, but rather chose a college based on how the campus felt, the reputation of the school or that it was where they had always wanted to attend. The researcher found that students who had ADHD management strategies in place, such as ways to keep a schedule or study for tests, had figured those out before college, but students who did not have strategies mapped out were overwhelmed once freshman year began.

September 06, 2012

Could Cutting Special Ed. Spending Improve Student Achievement?

A new analysis of the cost of special education concludes that by cutting special education personnel in high-spending districts to the national average, the country could save up to $10 billion a year and improve educational outcomes for students with disabilities.

September 05, 2012

The Legal Side of RTI and Students With Learning Disabilities

In a new three-part discussion about response to intervention, Lehigh University Professor Perry A. Zirkel discusses the legal implications of this approach to addressing and ferreting out learning disabilities.

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