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June 01, 2012

Advocates: Congressional Inaction on Restraints, Seclusion Frustrates

TASH, formerly The Association for the Severely Handicapped, recently issued a second edition of "The Cost of Waiting," which reinforces its criticism of Congress for not pushing harder for a legislative solution to reducing the use of restraints and seclusion.

May 25, 2012

How Should Students With Learning Disabilities Be Identified?

The combination of a surge in the use of response to intervention and a lack of consensus about how much of a role cognitive assessment should play in an evaluation prompted the National Center for Learning Disabilities this month to issue new set of guidelines on their view of how students with specific learning disabilities should be identified.

May 15, 2012

Feds Offer Guidelines on Discouraging Restraints, Seclusion

Among 15 principles developed by the agency, one says that policies restricting restraint and seclusion of students should apply to all students, not just students with disabilities.

May 10, 2012

School Using Shock Therapy Under Fire Yet Again

Former employee Greg Miller has created an online petition to push for an end to the practice, which has been challenged in court but remains legal.

May 01, 2012

Proposals for Reforming Special Education Law

An attorney might propose ways to reform the law—due for reauthorization for several years now—that are beneficial to that profession. But that's anything but the gist of these suggestions.

April 30, 2012

Bill Would Pay to Train Teachers of Students With Autism

School districts would partner with universities or nonprofit organizations to create training programs for general education teachers who have a many high-functioning students with autism in their classes.

April 18, 2012

S.C. Chief Asks Lawmakers for $36 Million More for Special Education

The federal government is expected to cut the money from South Carolina's share of federal special education dollars on Oct. 1, a penalty for past cuts the state made to its own budget for working with students with disabilities.

March 20, 2012

Advocates Press Congress to Act on Restraints, Seclusion

The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities says a recent report by the American Association of School Administrators is flawed and gives a false picture of how school employees handle the restraint and seclusion of students.

March 07, 2012

Feds Share Largest Collection of Student Restraint, Seclusion Data

Nearly 40,000 students were physically restrained during the 2009-10 school year--and 70 percent of the cases involved students with disabilities

March 02, 2012

Feds Pledge to Focus More on Quality of Special Education

The U.S. Department of Education said it is revamping the way it rates states to better address the achievement gap between students with disabilities and their peers.

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