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July 17, 2014

D.C. Council Set to Vote on Special Education Improvements

Observers say the District of Columbia schools, which has had a dysfunctional special education program for years, has been making notable improvements.

July 15, 2014

Armed Teachers 'Will Not Make Schools Safer,' Mo. Governor Says In Veto

Gov. Jay Nixon calls mechanism for arming teachers "simply the wrong approach."

July 03, 2014

La. Graduation Flexibility Law Creates 'Significant Concerns' for Ed. Dept.

The new measure allows IEP teams to create graduation requirements, but that may end up running afoul of current federal policy, according to a recent letter to John White, the state's school chief.

June 25, 2014

Education Secretary Lauds Revised Special Education Evaluation System

The evaluation system used in previous years focused on compliance, but not as much on how well students were learning, said Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

June 04, 2014

Two States Receive Grants to Reform Discipline Policies

Oregon and Virginia will each receive $5,000 grants to reform school discipline policies in each state, with the goal of making them less punitive and exclusionary.

May 15, 2014

A Few States Spawn Most Complaints on Special Education, Says Study

Concern about special education lawsuits is widespread, but complaints are common only in a handful of states, according to a longitudinal analysis of due process complaints.

May 14, 2014

Snapshots Gauge States on Whole-Child Indicators

The reports, created by the policy group ASCD, include indicators related to students' health, well-being, and civic involvement.

April 14, 2014

In Move Hailed by Advocates, Iowa Defines Dyslexia in Change to State Law

The move marks a shift in Iowa's "non-categorical" method of providing specialized service to children with disabilities.

April 10, 2014

New Minnesota Anti-Bullying Law Follows Years of Debate, Controversy

The passage follows years of debate and a marathon discussion on the statehouse floor.

April 04, 2014

'How to Put on a Sock' Video Illustrates Concerns About Mississippi Sex Ed

Mississippi's state law requires sex education in schools, but it forbids demonstrating the use of condoms and contraceptives.

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