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July 24, 2009

"Scaling Up" Good Programs

Why don't top-notch education programs spread on their own? A federally funded center is trying to help states nurture good programs and promote their growth.

June 17, 2009

Holding on to Local Special Education Directors

Lack of support and a focus on collecting data may be driving some professionals out of the field, a survey suggests.

June 12, 2009

D.C. to Lose Some Special Education Funding

The school district is one of three jurisdictions to receive a low rating from the Department of Education on how it educates students with disabilities.

June 08, 2009

In Virginia, "Portfolio" Testing on the Rise

Alternate assessments for students with disabilities are being used more frequently, say state officials.

June 02, 2009

Arizona Voucher Program Resurrected as Tax-Credit Scholarships

Close to 500 students were taking advantage of the vouchers when the state's Supreme Court struck them down.

May 29, 2009

Congressional Researchers Weigh In on Special Education Case Law

Many of you may already be familiar with the Government Accountability Office, the congressional "watchdog" agency that recently released a report on restraints and seclusion. Less well-known is the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service, which communicates directly with Congress. Though funded...

February 12, 2009

Pennsylvania Special Education Underfunded, Study Says

Interesting story out of the Keystone State: Most school districts in Pennsylvania are not spending enough to meet the basic needs of special education students, according to a new study. The study found that 391 of the state's 501 school districts are spending less than a basic adequacy level on ...

December 11, 2008

Ohio Special Education Voucher Program Defeated

A voucher program that would have given up to $20,000 a year to Ohio special education students to help pay for private school tuition failed in the state's House of Representatives yesterday -- its second, and possibly last, defeat. Gov. Ted Strickland, a Democrat, vetoed a similar expansion bill ...

November 26, 2008

Keeping Track of Autism Legislation

The National Conference of State Legislatures has created a great database for those who would like to keep tabs on autism legislation nationwide. The developmental disorder has garned attention from lawmakers around the country, who have introduced a number of bills designed to provide more early i...

November 14, 2008

Washington State Sued Over Special Education Services in Religious Schools

A group of parents who have children in a Christian school are suing the state of Washington because it won't provide special education services to their children at the school; instead, the children have to leave campus. In the article, a lawyer representing the families says that the policy repre...

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