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Racial Disparities in Special Ed.: How Widespread Is the Problem?

New data show how few districts document disproportionality, even as the Trump administration looks to roll back a rule requiring more aggressive monitoring. (January 24, 2018)


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02/13 05:36 pm | Special Education Case That Made It to Supreme Court Enters Final Chapter | A U.S. district court judge has found that a Colorado school system is responsible for paying the education costs of a student whose case made it to the high court.

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Misdiagnosing and mistreating the common learning disorder has serious consequences for millions of children, writes one concerned parent.
February 14, 2018 – Education Week
The families of some special needs children say a Florida law that applies to the mentally ill is being overused in schools, leaving students traumatized.
February 2, 2018 – McClatchy-Tribune
Fresh data show how few districts document disproportionality, even as the Trump administration looks to roll back a rule requiring more aggressive monitoring.
February 7, 2018 – Education Week
It's not all about paperwork, hard-to-manage students, and prickly parents.
January 24, 2018 – Education Week
Angel Magana faces many hurdles in his quest to become a teacher. Luckily, he has a small army of supporters to help him and other young Latinos.
January 24, 2018 – Education Week
Education Week asked special educators on Twitter to share their thoughts on what keeps them in the classroom and what drives them away.
January 24, 2018 – Education Week
Education Department funding, the prospects for a school choice initiative, and the federal regulatory footprint all could be in play in 2018.
January 17, 2018 – Education Week
The federal office of special education programs said the state failed to ensure that students were properly evaluated for special education, as required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
January 11, 2018 – Education Week
The Trump administration's picks to head up two key positions in the Department of Education face tough questions from Democrats on Capitol Hill.
December 13, 2017 – Education Week
States don't do enough to inform parents about the rights they lose when they enroll children in private schools using vouchers, the GAO finds.
December 13, 2017 – Education Week

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