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Diana Diaz-Harrison, the founder of the Arizona Autism Charter School in Phoenix, talks with a young student at the school, while Sammy, her son, stands alongside her on the playground. The school is among about 100 charter schools across the country that specialize in serving students with special needs or disabilities.
—Patrick Breen for Education Week

Special Education Charters Renew Inclusion Debate

Dozens of charter schools are targeting students with disabilities whose parents feel their needs are not being served in regular public schools. (September 16, 2014)

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This Spotlight examines major trends in special education including how schools can work to improve their instructional cultures.

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12/18 03:18 pm | Louisiana Struggles in Allowing IEP Teams to Create Diploma Pathways | A new law that went into effect earlier this year is proving challenging to implement as the 2014-15 school year reaches its halfway point, according to local reports.

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09/04 07:12 am | Medical Misdiagnosis in the Gifted | Tamara Fisher interviews three experts about the individual and societal impacts of medical misdiagnosis of gifted youth.

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Differentiation: Moving Away from One Size Fits All
Students use technology to customize many aspects of their lives, and schools are now finding technology can also help teachers customize, or differentiate, instruction for each student.

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Tying Technology to Literacy for Students With Special Needs
In this webinar, two experts in assistive technology discussed the platforms and programs used by educators to enhance literacy learning for students with disabilities.

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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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For students with special needs, English-learners, gifted students, and others beyond the mainstream, educators have to work harder to make new standards fit.
October 28, 2013 - Education Week
While special education teachers hope the standards will help students with disabilities access the general curriculum, they struggle to align individualized education programs to the rigorous academic goals.
October 28, 2013 - Education Week
The developers of tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards wrestle with how to provide assistive technology for students with disabilities, while assuring test security.
October 28, 2013 - Education Week
The consortia developing common assessments are taking different approaches to addressing the controversial issue of accommodations for students with print-related disabilities.
October 28, 2013 - Education Week
School districts are cutting professional development and technology and shifting money from general education as they cope with the impact that federal funding cuts are having on the flow of money to special education programs.
October 1, 2013 - Education Week
A "landmark" agreement prompted by a U.S. Department of Justice probe is opening new doors for students with intellectual disabilities in Providence, R.I.
September 24, 2013 - Education Week
The Providence, R.I. district was rocked earlier this year when a U.S. Justice Department investigation found the system was improperly segregating high school students with intellectual disabilities. Since then, the school system has been working to fully incorporate these students into their high school.
September 24, 2013 - Education Week
Language translations and a read-aloud option are among the accommodations approved by the Smarter Balanced group.
September 13, 2013 - Education Week
At issue: new language intended to assure that those with disabilities are not steered into low-wage jobs.
August 20, 2013 - Education Week
Siblings of students with disabilities are 60 percent more likely to drop out of school than students without such brothers or sisters, a new study says.
August 20, 2013 - Education Week

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