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November 26, 2012

Cyber Charter Threatened Over Treatment of Students With Disabilities

Georgia Cyber Academy could be closed if it fails to create or obtain individual education plans for students.

November 21, 2012

Oklahoma Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Special Needs Vouchers

The state's Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarship program has now survived two years of court challenges.

November 13, 2012

Fla. Records Reveal Little Education, Much Neglect of Children in Nursing Homes

A newspaper report delving into Florida's practice of housing some children with severe disabilities in nursing homes corroborates U.S. Department of Justice concerns about the children's care.

November 05, 2012

After 30 Years of Special Ed. Law, How Far Have We Really Come?

Talking with a group of foreigners about the U.S. special education system recently, I wondered how well the American system really works.

October 22, 2012

Advocates: Uphold Grad. Rate Accountability Under NCLB Waivers

When reviewing some states' waiver applications, the Alliance for Excellent Education found that several of those approved inflate grad rates by combining calculations of the graduation rate that include GEDs with the four-year adjusted cohort rate, use alternative diplomas in their measure of high school completion, omit graduation rate accountability for student subgroups, and use extended-year graduation rates.

October 18, 2012

Ed. Dept. Slashes S.C. Special Education Budget, Permanently

In what may be a first-of-its-kind penalty, the feds used a provision in federal law that allows cutting a state's federal special education grant, permanently, if the state cut its special education budget without the right justification.

September 18, 2012

Seclusion in N.C. District Legal, Feds Say

New Hanover schools are complying with a state law that allows practices including seclusion rooms to deal with aggressive student behavior.

September 12, 2012

Fla. Children With Severe Disabilities Relegated to Nursing Homes

Among other things, the state turned down about $40 million that would have helped care for these children at home because the money was associated with the Affordable Care Act.

September 06, 2012

Could Cutting Special Ed. Spending Improve Student Achievement?

A new analysis of the cost of special education concludes that by cutting special education personnel in high-spending districts to the national average, the country could save up to $10 billion a year and improve educational outcomes for students with disabilities.

September 04, 2012

South Carolina State Chief Talks Federal Funding

The U.S. Department of Education is still considering whether and when to cut South Carolina's special education funding following the state's unapproved budget cut three years ago.

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