Special Education

School Districts Struggle With Special Education Costs
January 21, 2020
For decades, special education advocates have urged the federal government to "fully fund" the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Here are some examples 'ripped from the headlines' of how the funding gap is affecting school districts.
Warren: 'We Are Failing on Our Country's Promise' to Children With Disabilities
January 1, 2020



Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren on Monday introduced a plan designed to protect the rights of people with disabilities, including children in the nation's public schools, and ensure equitable treatment for them.
Warren's campaign release...
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On Bilingualism, Bias, and Immigration: Our Top English-Learner Stories of 2019
December 30, 2019



Education Week's top English-language-learner stories of 2019 explored who's teaching the nation's English-learners and the struggles those educators encounter on the job, examined why more schools in the United States are embracing bilingualism, and delved into ...
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Our Most-Read Special Education Stories of 2019
December 29, 2019



Education Week's most-read special education stories of 2019 examined the past and future of special education, the aftermath of the lead crisis in Flint, Mich., teachers' lack of confidence in their abilities to meet the needs of special education students, and ...
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Help for Principals Who Want to Support Special Education Teachers and Students
December 18, 2019



Creating a supportive and inclusive school culture for students with disabilities can be a tall task for principals—especially those without backgrounds in special education.
To help more principals reach that goal, two research and advocacy groups f...
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Special Education Funding Gets Moment in Spotlight at Democratic Debate
December 18, 2019



An issue that's hugely important to the country's schools—but rarely mentioned by presidential candidates—got a brief moment in the spotlight at Thursday's Democratic presidential debate when Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren promised she would full...
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Parents Report Obstacles in Filing Special Education Complaints, Watchdog Says
December 3, 2019


A new federal watchdog report about concerns and disputes over special education services says that parents often have a hard time initiating complaints—but also that these barriers don't affect all parents in the same way. 
"IDEA Dispute Reso...
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Does Special Education Work for Students With Learning Disabilities?
November 5, 2019


Test scores for students with learning disabilities improve after they are classified into special education, and the gains are greatest for students who entered special education before they reached middle school, a recently released report finds.
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Top Special Education Official Leaving His Post at Education Department
October 16, 2019



The U.S. Department of Education's top official in charge of special education services is leaving his post, Secretary Betsy DeVos announced Wednesday.
Johnny Collett, assistant secretary for the office of special education and rehabilitative services, has...
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How Democrats and the GOP in Congress Compare on Education Funding
September 19, 2019


This Congress is the first in four years to feature divided control between the two political parties. Now that both House and Senate education appropriations bills are public, we can compare how they've approached key funding questions and policy priorities. ...
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