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10/11 08:14 pm | With Federal Suit Stalled, Ga. Advocates File Special Education Complaint | The target is the Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support, a network of special education programs accused of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Response to Intervention 2.0
This special report on RTI—Education Week’s second such report—explores the challenges facing educators as they adopt RTI for new uses, scale it up to more schools and districts, and use it to improve learning for all students.

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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The requirement that states create ambitious blueprints to improve student performance under the Every Student Succeeds Act mirrors efforts by special education officials to focus on results, not just compliance.
May 31, 2017 – Education Week
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

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