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April 21, 2015

Ed. Dept. Cautions Districts About 'Forcing' Parents Into Due Process

Public agencies, including school districts, should avoid filing due process complaints about issues that are currently under investigation by the state, says a recent "Dear Colleague" letter from the Education Department.

April 14, 2015

School Violence: Colorado Debates If Schools Should Be Held Liable For Attacks

Should schools be held liable for violent attacks? A proposal in Colorado is sparking debates about risk assessment, spending priorities, and safety efforts.

April 02, 2015

Truancy: Balance Between Prevention, Discipline Has Long Been a Sticky Issue

Do criminal penalties for truancy help boost attendance or prevent dropouts? Policy debates have included the same concerns for decades.

April 02, 2015

The Long Struggle to Balance Special Education Compliance and Performance

As states submit detailed blueprints for improving special education performance, a look back at Education Week archives shows that balancing compliance and performance has been a long-standing issue.

April 01, 2015

Justice Department Will Investigate Dallas-Area Truancy Courts

A preliminary review by the Justice Department revealed that Dallas County prosecuted approximately 20,000 failure to attend school cases in 2014.

March 23, 2015

Graduation Rates for Students with Disabilities on the Rise

More students with disabilities are leaving school with a regular diploma, according to statistics from the U.S. Department of Education.

March 18, 2015

Appeals Court Rules Districts Cannot Sue States in Special Education Disputes

Parents are able to appeal due-process decisions to a federal court, but districts have no such right when they have disputes with state departments of education, according to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

March 16, 2015

Bias in Special Education Identification Rarely Flagged by States

The most up-to-date figures show that, as in previous years, few districts have been directed to use part of their federal special education money for early-intervention services.

March 11, 2015

California Task Force Seeks Sweeping Changes to Special Education

A report to the state board of education seeks creation of a "coherent" system, including revision of teacher preparation, support for early learning, and an overhaul of special education financing.

March 11, 2015

Montana, the Only State Without an Anti-Bullying Law, Might Adopt One

There will be an anti-bullying law in every state if Montana lawmakers approve a bill this legislative session. The proposal is less detailed and definitive than the policies in place in other states.

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