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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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02/17 02:29 pm | Government's Special Education Website Is Back After Prolonged Outage | After several days, the Education Department-hosted website that includes the Individuals with Disabilities Act is back up and running, and a better website is on the way, ...

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Special Education Webinars

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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In this graphic, see how the number of U.S. students enrolled in special education has changed over the past 20 years.
April 20, 2016 – Education Week
Testing and funding prove thorny issues as a panel of educators, advocates, and experts grapples with the specifics of crafting rules under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
April 13, 2016 – Education Week
A panel of educators, advocates, and others are seeking to hash out the best approach to regulating under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
March 30, 2016 – Education Week
March 23, 2016 – Education Week
Teachers must look beyond paperwork and conventional interventions and try to work with students as individuals, writes Ann Marie Stevens.
March 16, 2016 – Teacher
The Education Department is proposing regulations that aim to get a better handle on whether certain categories of students are singled out as needing special education at higher rates than other student groups.
March 9, 2016 – Education Week
An instructional framework called universal design for learning, or UDL, which supports multiple ways to teach lessons, has found a niche in the Every Student Succeeds Act.
February 24, 2016 – Education Week
In a Pennsylvania town roiled by controversy after a superintendent's resignation, a volunteer group's efforts seek to rebuild trust between the community and school district.
February 10, 2016 – Education Week
Through new offerings and partnerships, education schools are looking for ways to bring more prospective candidates into the field.
January 27, 2016 – Education Week
As her son outgrows his rigid special education program, Elizabeth Brown writes that it shouldn't be an "all-or-nothing scenario."
January 27, 2016 – Education Week

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