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July 27, 2012

Special Education Could Suffer Billion-Dollar Automatic Cut

The potential cuts to special education "could translate into the layoffs of more than 10,000 teachers, aides, and other staff who provide essential instruction and other support to 6.6 million children with disabilities," U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said.

July 20, 2012

School Boards Group Wants Restraint, Seclusion Proposal Diluted

The National School Boards Association is seeking a far less heavy-handed version of proposed federal legislation and exemptions from any national law for states with their own guidance or legislation.

July 10, 2012

Mississippi Ed. Agency Sued Over Lingering IDEA Violations in Jackson

Advocates say the state education department is falling short of ensuring that the Jackson district provides services required under federal law for students with disabilities.

June 20, 2012

South Carolina Files Motion to Stall $36 Million Special Ed. Penalty

The state filed a motion for a stay in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to put off the penalty, in part to continue fighting the U.S. Department of Education over whether it should have been levied at all. South Carolina also worries about the financial repercussions

June 20, 2012

Charter Schools Enroll Lower Rates of Students With Disabilities

The next question, one advocate says, is once they get in, how are they doing?

June 15, 2012

Senate Committee Reinforces Rules About District Special Ed. Spending

The Senate Appropriations Committee affirmed a federal edict that school districts maintain how much they spend on special education from year to year.

June 12, 2012

Federal Special Education Budget Gets Initial Boost

A U.S. Senate subcommittee voted to increase spending for young and school-age children with disabilities, but it remains to be seen whether the increases will stick in the long run.

June 11, 2012

Special Education Directors Fear Potential Budget Cuts

Results of a new survey by the Council for Exceptional Children show that special education directors still dealing with the effects of the economic downturn are almost universally concerned about the 8 percent budget cut the federal action—or inaction depending on how you look at it—will trigger.

June 08, 2012

Would Romney Voucher Plan Equalize Special Ed. Opportunities?

Yes, according to an attorney whose son with autism is in a private school, at New York City's expense.

June 04, 2012

South Carolina Won't Get Hearing on Special Ed. Penalty

The Education Department gave South Carolina a year to find a way to come up with the $36 million it faces losing, permanently, by putting off a $36 million penalty until this October. Earlier this year, the state was denied another one-year delay of the loss in federal money. In a letter to state Superintendent Mick Zais late last month, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan denied the request for a hearing.

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