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August 06, 2012

GAO: Transition for Students With Disabilities Can, Must Improve

The different agencies only coordinate their activities to an extent and don't ever reflect on how effectively they work together, the Government Accountability Office said.

July 31, 2012

Feds Pledge More Focus on Outcomes for Students With Disabilities

A heavy federal focus on compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act hasn't made much of a difference where it counts: students' test scores and dropout rates, among other measures.

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.

July 09, 2012

New York May Weigh Students' Culture in Private Placements

The state legislature passed a bill that would require districts to consider students' home environment when deciding on a private school, in addition to students' academic needs.

June 21, 2012

Lawyers: Oklahoma's Vouchers Don't Violate State Constitution

A nonprofit law firm argues that the state law creating the vouchers doesn't violate the Oklahoma constitution's prohibition on using taxpayer money to support religious efforts.

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 07, 2012

Oregon Braille Testing Prompted in Part by Complaint

The state's goal was to ultimately include all students in the online adaptive testing system. The complaint nudged the education department to get to that goal more quickly.

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.

May 24, 2012

Details of Romney's School Choice Plan Emerge

Students who use the choice option to attend private schools would have to participate in state standardized testing, and states getting federal money for disadvantaged students and students with disabilities will have to create open-enrollment plans.

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.

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