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February 03, 2012

Kentucky Eliminates 'Read-Aloud' Assistance on State, National Exams

The state board of education banned the use of readers on some state tests, whether that means people or computer software that read text aloud, an accommodation used by some students with disabilities, who also use this kind of help in class every day.

January 31, 2012

Schools Must Do More to Involve Parents, Students in IEP Process

Parents and students with disabilities aren't as involved in the process of mapping out their goals with schools as much they should be, and schools could do more to make the process more welcoming.

December 27, 2011

In RTI Era, is Federal Special Education Law Out of Date?

There are still lots of questions about how response-to-intervention is used, and whether it's being used correctly, considering that federal rules about identifying students with disabilities haven't changed.

December 13, 2011

College Opportunities Emerge for People With Intellectual Disabilities

"We've had now 30 years of access for students with disabilities to go school. They're coming out of that system with a different expectation: Their education should continue."

December 02, 2011

Wisconsin Districts Ask to Cut Special Ed. Budgets Without Penalty

Disability advocates are upset that some Wisconsin school districts want to be able to cut special education spending, without being punished the way federal law requires.

December 01, 2011

Calif. District Still Fighting Special Ed. Case; Feds Ask Supreme Court to Decline

The Obama administration is urging the U.S. Supreme Court not to take up an appeal from a school district ordered to provide compensatory tutoring because it failed to identify a student's disability.

November 23, 2011

Judge Orders D.C. to Improve Special Education for Young Children

A federal judge has ruled that District of Columbia public schools must make sweeping changes to how young children with disabilities are located and served.

November 21, 2011

Do Parents of Children With Autism File More Lawsuits?

As the number of children diagnosed with autism has increased over the last few years, new research finds these students are disproportionately involved in lawsuits about whether they are getting a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive setting as required by federal law.

November 17, 2011

States Falling Short in Serving Infants, Toddlers With Disabilities?

Nationally, about 3 percent of children younger than three get services to address their disability or potential to have a disability, but data shows that as many as 13 percent of all children in that age group should be served.

October 27, 2011

Were Special Education, Title I, Other Programs Cut by Mistake?

Spending for four programs--special education, Title I, teacher quality, and career and technical education--for the current school year was cut, presumably well after most states and school districts had spending plans for the year in place.

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