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February 14, 2017

White House Hosts Special Education Administrator at Listening Session

Jane M. Quenneville, the principal of a public school for students with severe disabilities, shared her concerns about teacher shortages and segregation of special education students.

January 31, 2017

DeVos: Special Ed. Choice 'Empowers Parents,' But Freedom Comes With Cost

Betsy DeVos, the former chairman of the American Federation for Children and the Trump administration's pick for U.S. Secretary of Education, cleared her first hurdle Jan. 31 when the Senate education committee voted to send her nomination to the full Senate (but not without some drama!). The night ...

January 27, 2017

Disability Advocates Keep Up Pressure on DeVos Nomination

Special education policy is in the spotlight as disability advocates band together to oppose President Donald Trump's nomination of Betsy DeVos for education secretary.

January 25, 2017

In Letter, DeVos Says She'll Protect 'Hard Won Rights' of Students With Disabilities

In a Jan. 24 letter to Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia, education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos said she is committed to enforcing all federal laws and protecting the rights of students with disabilities.

January 18, 2017

Betsy DeVos Faces Sharp Questioning on Special Education Policy

The nominee for education secretary appeared to stumble during her confirmation hearing as senators pushed on whether she would adhere to the protections of special education law and policy.

November 29, 2016

Trump's Attorney General Pick Draws Ire of Disability Advocates

Sen. Jeff Sessions, an Alabama Republican and president-elect Donald Trump's selection for attorney general, singled out the special education law as contributing to a decline in classroom discipline.

July 29, 2016

Hillary Clinton Spotlighted Disability Rights Activism in Nomination Acceptance

Clinton revisited her 1970s-era advocacy work at the Children's Defense Fund during her speech accepting the Democratic Party nomination for president.

April 06, 2016

Head of Special Education, Rehabilitative Services Leaving Education Department

Yudin, who has been with the U.S. Department of Education since 2010, did not say in an email to colleagues what he plans to do after leaving April 30.

February 03, 2016

Group Urges Presidential Candidates to Take Stand on Disability Issues

RespectAbility, a 3-year-old advocacy organization, hopes to get presidential candidates thinking and talking about topics that affect people with disabilities.

December 10, 2015

What Does ESSA Mean for Special Education?

Students with disabilities will still have their test scores reported separately, and most will continue to take the general education tests under the newly signed Every Student Succeeds Act.

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