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February 10, 2016

Is Special Education Paperwork Really a Problem?

Spoiler alert: Yes, many think so. But a federal report says district leaders also acknowledge paperwork's importance, and say state and local requirements impose their own burdens.

December 30, 2015

Your Favorite Special Education Posts of 2015

A wide variety of posts engaged readers of this blog in 2015, including posts about federal guidance, teaching, and special education law.

December 01, 2015

NEA President Apologizes for 'Epic Failure' in Gala Speech

Lily Eskelsen García, the president of the National Education Association, said her use of the terms "chronically tarded and medically annoying" to refer to students represented a verbal mistake and a failed attempt at humor.

December 01, 2015

Special Education Teachers to Get Boost From Google on 'Giving Tuesday', the charitable arm of the Internet giant, is launching a $1 million matching grant to help special education teachers who have posted requests on the website Donors Choose.

November 30, 2015

Disability Groups Condemn NEA President Over Perceived Slurs

In what she later characterized as a verbal stumble, Lily Eskelsen García used wording that has drawn the ire of parents and disability advocacy groups.

September 29, 2015

Chicago Plans New Round of Special Education Staff Cuts

The proposed staff reduction will cut about 70 teachers and aides, and has some principals worried that they won't be able to provide adequate services for their special education students.

August 17, 2015

Co-Teaching for Rookies: Classroom Organization and Managing Details

Teachers offer their advice on how to organize a classroom and divide work in order to make a co-teaching relationship work well.

August 14, 2015

Co-Teaching for Rookies: Building Trust and Looking at the Big Picture

Special educators wrote to Education Week with their advice on what it takes to make a co-teaching partnership successful.

June 16, 2015

Co-Teaching and Specially Designed Instruction: Is It Happening?

My recent article on co-teaching offers a perspective on whether special educators feel they are getting an opportunity to fully use their professional skills.

April 09, 2015

Top Special Education Teacher Dismissed After Months of Strained District Relations

The Multnomah district says Brett Bigham, the 2014 Oregon teacher of the year, was fired because he took too many days off, but Bigham says he was let go because of his sexual orientation.

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