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Cameras in Special Ed. Classrooms a Complex Issue

A new Texas law requiring such cameras at the request of parents and teachers raises questions about cost, privacy, and even whether they'll help protect children. (September 20, 2016)


Video: A Colorado Leader Taps Teacher Specialists to Serve All Students

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.

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03/22 05:42 pm | Advocates Hail Supreme Court Ruling on Special Education Rights | Students with disabilities must be provided an educational program that allows them to make progress appropriate to their individual circumstances, the high court ruled on ...

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Special Reports

Next Steps: Life After Special Education
While the nation's graduation rate has hit another historic high, prospects are more mixed for children and youths with disabilities, according to Diplomas Count 2015.

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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For students with disabilities, vouchers can help open the door to private school attendance, but they come with trade-offs, including the loss of specific legal protections.
March 22, 2017 – Education Week
Making federal aid for students with disabilities available has been on the drawing board in conservative circles for years, and the new education secretary has voiced some support for the concept.
March 1, 2017 – Education Week
As a method of organizing efforts to help students who are struggling academically, response to intervention has seen widespread adoption.
February 15, 2017 – Education Week
Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, a Denver federal appeals court judge, has written or joined in opinions involving school discipline, special education, school employee speech, and more.
February 8, 2017 – Education Week
The most recent federal data show an increase for the fourth year in a row in the number of special education students, driven by a rise in those with autism or "other health impairments."
January 25, 2017 – Education Week
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 youths 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 ensure 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

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