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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.

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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 Michigan woman is responsible for filing some 500 federal complaints against school districts and others with websites she says disregard the needs of users who are blind or visually impaired.
August 3, 2016 – Education Week
More than 300 educators, researchers, and advocates respond to a proposed federal rule on how to define whether minorities are disproportionately identified for special education services.
August 3, 2016 – Education Week
July 20, 2016 – Education Week
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 20, 2016 – Education Week
June 8, 2016 – Education Week
This map includes state-by-state graduation rate data, as well as state graduation rates for historically disadvantaged racial and ethnic groups.
June 2, 2016 – Education Week
Research triggers a debate on whether students of color are underrepresented—or overrepresented—in special education classes.
June 1, 2016 – Education Week
Marcia Powell and Sharon Seaton offer tips for educators on using language in ways that celebrate students' abilities instead of creating anxiety deficits.
May 13, 2016 – Teacher
Tests aligned to the common-core standards and specially designed for students with severe cognitive disabilities are managing to fill a need for a broad swath of states.
April 27, 2016 – Education Week
After years of steady decline, the number of school-age students covered under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act has swung upward since the 2011-12 school year, an Education Week analysis shows.
April 20, 2016 – Education Week

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