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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.

July 20, 2012

School Boards Group Wants Restraint, Seclusion Proposal Diluted

The National School Boards Association is seeking a far less heavy-handed version of proposed federal legislation and exemptions from any national law for states with their own guidance or legislation.

July 19, 2012

House Extends Labeling of Trainee Teachers as 'Highly Qualified'

The House version of the spending bill allows teachers in alternative certification programs to count as "highly qualified" as long as they are working toward certification and are part of a recognized program, for another two years.

July 02, 2012

'Least-Restrictive Environment' Must Be Considered at Workplace, Too

When students with disabilities move to the workplace as part of their education, school districts must consider whether those settings are segregated and if these students could thrive in a more inclusive setting with the right supports.

June 29, 2012

Health-Care Ruling Affects Students, Adults With Disabilities

Erasing lifetime limits on coverage and prohibiting companies from denying coverage for a preexisting condition are especially important for children and adults with disabilities.

June 14, 2012

Advocates: Don't Call Teachers-in-Training 'Highly Qualified'

The National Center on Learning Disabilities, which is urging calls to senators to ensure a provision about an alternate path to being considered a highly qualified teachers is killed, notes that students with disabilities, English-language learners, poor students, and students of color are the ones most likely to be taught by uncertified teachers.

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 01, 2012

Advocates: Congressional Inaction on Restraints, Seclusion Frustrates

TASH, formerly The Association for the Severely Handicapped, recently issued a second edition of "The Cost of Waiting," which reinforces its criticism of Congress for not pushing harder for a legislative solution to reducing the use of restraints and seclusion.

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.

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