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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)


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Spotlight on Special Education

In this Spotlight, learn about new testing accommodations for special education students, how vouchers are affecting parents of students with disabilities, and the potential of personalized learning for all students.

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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05/17 03:38 pm | Heavy Response to Nebraska Restraint Bill Illuminates Teachers' Frustrations | A Nebraska senator introduced a bill that would give teachers legal cover to physically restraint disruptive students, prompting a strong positive response from members of the ...

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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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An Education Week Research Center analysis finds that 1 in 100 special education students was physically restrained or placed in seclusion from classmates in 2013-14.
May 17, 2017 – Education Week
Districtwide school discipline reforms can disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline. Superintendents Robert Runcie and Antwan Wilson would know.
May 10, 2017 – Education Week
The agreement boosts federal aid for Title I and special education through September, but K-12 cuts could loom for fiscal 2018 to pave the way for defense increases.
May 10, 2017 – Education Week
School funding must build on the progress of students with learning disabilities, not diminish it, writes Mimi Corcoran.
April 28, 2017 – Education Week
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act entitles students to a better education than they often receive, writes Brent Betit.
April 12, 2017 – Education Week
Schools and districts can preempt costly litigation by improving education for students with disabilities, writes Richard Lee Colvin.
April 11, 2017 – Education Week
Democrats grilled Judge Neil M. Gorsuch on the stance he's taken toward the level of services due students with disabilities, even as the U.S. Supreme Court weighed in on the issue.
April 5, 2017 – Education Week
Advocates for children with disabilities cheer a high court decision setting more-ambitious academic expectations for those in special education, while district administrators have a more measured response.
April 5, 2017 – Education Week
Experts on children with disabilities are cheering a recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court as a clear win that establishes more-ambitious academic standards for special education students.
March 24, 2017 – Education Week
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

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