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February 12, 2009

$12B for Special Education; More Info To Come

Politics K-12 is reporting that the stimulus bill agreed to by House and Senate leaders includes $12.2 billion for special education over fiscal years 2009 and 2010, down from the $13.5 billion that was in the individual House and Senate stimulus bills. I'm reaching out to sources to find out more...

February 06, 2009

When is a Stimulus Not Really a Stimulus?

For the special education world, seen perpetually underfunded, the prospect of an infusion of $13 billion over two years in federal stimulus funds might seem like a pretty great deal. But the extra funding has become entangled in spending rules that are a part of the complex Individuals With Disa...

January 29, 2009

How Much IDEA Funding Will Your District Get Under the Stimulus Proposal?

This great link was passed to me by Linda Perlstein, the public editor for the Education Writers Association. It's a breakdown of how much every school district in the country would receive in special education dollars under the stimulus bill recently passed by the House of Representatives. The "Am...

November 14, 2008

Department of Education Appears Firm on Spec. Ed. Compliance Indicators

My colleagues at have posted a first look at an article I wrote this week on special education compliance and the states. The print version of the story will be in the Nov. 19 issue of Education Week. The passage of the Individuals with Disabilities Act in 2004 came with some new compli...

October 21, 2008

District Official Says Some School Staff Ignore Mandated Meetings

For an observer of special education, the District of Columbia system is in a class by itself, unfortunately. It suffers from a "perfect storm" of education issues: not enough programs for students with disabilities, some demoralized staff, and a class-action lawsuit on behalf of underserved student...

September 18, 2008

Coordinated Early Intervening Services

Project Forum, a federally funded project of the National Association of State Directors of Special Education, has released a new publication (pdf) on coordinated early intervening services. Districts are allowed to use part of their federal special education dollars on early intervening services fo...

August 25, 2008

Candidates Reaffirm Commitment to Special Education Funding

At two recent town hall meetings, both Barack Obama and John McCain reiterated their desire to see more money go to special education. Obama's comments, made Aug. 19 in Raleigh, N.C., were posted on YouTube: An audience member told Obama, a Democrat, about her experiences with her 3-year-old son, w...

August 18, 2008

Back to School -- the Basics

I like to think of my readers as graduate-level experts on special education, but a little refresher never hurts: This site has some nice basic information about what disabilities are covered under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and what rights are due to a child with a disability....

July 08, 2008

Synergy in Action

The New Teacher Hotline, sponsored by the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence, interviewed me in June on a variety of special education topics, including response to intervention and what I really thought about the teacher in Florida who sent a kindergarten student with autism out...

May 19, 2008

District of Columbia Tries Again

It's been a few years since I've written about special education in the District of Columbia, but every time I do so, I'm astounded at just how dysfunctional that system is. While parents in other school systems may be fighting over getting appropriate services for their child, in D.C., the fight ...

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