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After graduating from the Maryland School for the Deaf this year, Gideon Firl plans to enroll at Gallaudet University, where he can continue to receive many of the same social and academic supports.
—Swikar Patel/Education Week

Md. Senior Chooses University Famed for Serving the Deaf

At Gallaudet University, Gideon Firl is hoping he can continue to receive some of the same social and academic supports he received at the Maryland School for the Deaf in Frederick. (May 29, 2015)

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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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10/01 09:39 pm | Seattle Settles Lawsuit Over Ed-Tech Accessibility | The National Federation of the Blind, a co-plaintiff in the lawsuit, says the agreement to make the Seattle district's online materials accessible is a "model for ...

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Outreach and broader awareness of the U.S. Education Department's willingness to tackle complaints may help account for a surge in cases to the department's office for civil rights.
May 19, 2015 - Education Week
Some are pleased with elements of the measure approved by the Senate education committee to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, though concerns remain.
May 5, 2015 - Education Week
A growing number of programs around the country are allowing students with disabilities to take virtual courses created with their needs in mind.
March 31, 2015 - Education Week
A task force report two years in the making recommends significant changes to the state's education system to improve achievement for students with disabilities.
March 24, 2015 - Education Week
Minorities and students with disabilities are disciplined at a disproportionate rate, researchers say, and there are wide variations among states and districts.
March 3, 2015 - Education Week
Education savings accounts—which allow parents to use public funds to customize schooling for their children—are the newest frontier in school choice.
February 24, 2015 - Education Week
People looking to curb the behavioral-modification practices, including advocates for those with disabilities, are finding fertile ground among state lawmakers.
February 17, 2015 - Education Week
Worries over federal compliance slow implementation of a new law giving school-based teams the power to develop course-completion and graduation standards for some special education students.
January 20, 2015 - Education Week
The new agenda calls for more research on how students with Down syndrome can experience improved learning and memory and participate more in schooling.
January 13, 2015 - Education Week
The U.S. Department of Education is retooling the way it provides technical assistance to states on complex issues involving students with disabilities.
December 9, 2014 - Education Week

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