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February 27, 2012

House ESEA Bills Would Damage Some Students' Access to Diplomas

Some provisions in the bills about testing students with severe cognitive disabilities affect these students' access to diplomas—and that hurts their access to jobs, advocates say.

February 09, 2012

Waiver-Winning States Revamped Plans for Students With Disabilities

Nearly every state had to tweak its No Child Left Behind waiver plan to better demonstrate how the needs of students with disabilities and English learners would be addressed.

January 19, 2012

Districts Must Expand Definition, Services to Students With Disabilities

A new letter from the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights expands the definition of students for whom school districts' may have to provide special education services and accommodations, including some who in the past may have been found not to need those services.

January 04, 2012

GAO Says College-Entrance Exams Fall Short on Accommodations

College entrance exams such as the ACT and SAT aren't always reformatted for students with disabilities the way the should be, a new report from the Government Accountability Office finds. The same goes for some tests students need to get into graduate school, medical school, law school, and other programs.

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In RTI Era, is Federal Special Education Law Out of Date?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 20, 2011

Senate Introduces Bill Limiting Restraints, Seclusion

The bill would restrict the use of restraints and seclusion in schools, requires states to document their use, and keep them out of students' IEPs.

December 12, 2011

How are States Addressing Autism? With Money, Training, and More

States are requiring new types of training for educators working with children who have autism, providing fresh sources of funding for private school vouchers for these students, and undertaking new studies to try to address the needs of children with autism as well as requiring insurance companies to provide coverage of one widely used autism treatment.

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 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.

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