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Emma Kerrigan, right, attends the private Lawrence School in Broadview, Ohio, with help from the state’s voucher program for special needs students.
—Dustin Franz for Education Week

Vouchers Put Some Parents in Squeeze on Special Ed. Rights

In order to accept vouchers for private schools, parents of students with disabilities generally must waive their children's individual rights to services under the federal special education law. (July 19, 2016)

Spotlight on Special Education and the Common Core

In this Spotlight, take a look at how alternative assessments align to the common core, see how testing accommodations differ between consortia, and examine how a results-driven accountability system is giving new life to instruction.

Spotlight on Response to Intervention 2016

In this Spotlight, assess the challenges and opportunities for using RTI to improve reading skills and consider whether RTI can work for teachers in addition to students.

Issue Backgrounder

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On Special Education Blog

01/18 10:20 am | Betsy DeVos Faces Sharp Questioning on Special Education Policy | The nominee for education secretary appeared to stumble during her confirmation hearing as senators pushed on whether she would adhere to the protections of special education ...

Unwrapping the Gifted Blog

09/04 07:12 am | Medical Misdiagnosis in the Gifted | Tamara Fisher interviews three experts about the individual and societal impacts of medical misdiagnosis of gifted youth.

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Special Education Webinars

These virtual broadcasts address the achievement gap for students with disabilities and strategies to help them succeed in the classroom.

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E-Learning for Special Populations
This special report examines the growing e-learning opportunities for students with disabilities, English-language learners, gifted and talented students, and those at risk of failing in school.

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A handful of words and phrases could end up setting the standard for the level of benefits school districts nationwide must provide to students with disabilities.
January 18, 2017 – Education Week
An attack on a Chicago 18-year-old is a reminder that children and youth with disabilities are uniquely vulnerable, something federal education officials have aimed to address.
January 18, 2017 – Education Week
Advocates for those with disabilities push to assure the interests of such students are well-represented in states' Every Student Succeeds Act plans.
January 4, 2017 – Quality Counts
Response to intervention has come a long way from its origins in special education law—but not without some bumps along the way.
December 14, 2016 – Education Week
Here's a glossary for help in understanding multitiered systems of support, response to intervention, and their related uses.
December 14, 2016 – Education Week
Martin County, Ky., is using a $1.5 million federal grant to unite its secondary schools in a push to create a better school climate.
December 14, 2016 – Education Week
Georgia school administrator John O'Connor answers readers' questions about implementing an RTI-like system of supports in their own school districts.
December 14, 2016 – Education Week
Students with disabilities will find it easier next year to request accommodations on the SAT, the PSAT, and other tests the College Board runs.
December 14, 2016 – Education Week
The Texas Education Agency has told schools that they must provide services to all eligible students with disabilities and that they won't be penalized for serving too many children, after the U.S. Department of Education ordered the state agency to end an 8.5 percent benchmark on special education enrollment.
November 30, 2016 – Education Week
The U.S. Supreme Court hears a special education dispute involving a girl with cerebral palsy who was denied the use of her service dog at school.
November 16, 2016 – Education Week

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