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Paraprofessional Vicky Henderson works with a 3rd grader, Payton, during story time in his special education classroom at Clinch County Elementary School in Homerville, Ga.
—Melissa Golden for Education Week

Progress, Challenges for Federal Special Education Law

Enacted in 1975, the law now known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act remade the landscape for an often-vulnerable, once-overlooked population of students. (November 10, 2015)

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.

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11/30 07:20 pm | Disability Groups Condemn NEA President Over Perceived Slurs | In what she later characterized as a verbal stumble, Lily Eskelsen García used wording that has drawn the ire of parents and disability advocacy groups.

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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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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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An atypical partnership is tackling one of the most persistent challenges for the charter sector—serving students with disabilities.
November 30, 2015 - Education Week
Enacted in 1975, the law now known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act remade the landscape for an often-vulnerable, once-overlooked population of students.
November 10, 2015 - Education Week
Response to intervention failed to improve the reading skills of students identified for initial interventions in a 13-state study.
November 6, 2015 - Education Week
A Geneva-based philanthropy has invested more than $28 million in the past six years to help children, adolescents, and adults with learning impairments that haven't been formally diagnosed.
October 27, 2015 - Education Week
The wave of federal documents is likely to continue in the coming months, lawyers who work on special education issues told those attending a conference in Baltimore.
October 13, 2015 - Education Week
Crucial for assuring that school inclusion takes place for students with disabilities, these workers have long been left out of the loop on professional development.
October 6, 2015 - Education Week
A scathing U.S. Department of Justice letter alleges discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act by a statewide network of alternative schools.
August 25, 2015 - Education Week
The ACLU has filed suit against the Kentucky school resource officer who shackled two young students with disabilities.
August 17, 2015 - Education Week
August 4, 2015 - Education Week
Poorly implemented co-teaching practices may be taking the "special" out of special education, say many who train teachers and districts in collaboration.
June 9, 2015 - Education Week

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