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In Flint, Schools Overwhelmed by Special Ed. Needs in Aftermath of Lead Crisis

The children exposed to high levels of lead-laced drinking water from Michigan's Flint River are entering schools now and the school system is straining to meet their special education needs. (August 26, 2019)

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Disabled New York City students who file legal complaints over their treatment at school wait an average of nine months for a resolution, despite a federal legal wait-time limit of 75 days, a new class action lawsuit alleges.
February 11, 2020 – McClatchy-Tribune
Calls to fully fund the nation's main special education law resound on the campaign trail, but a complex array of factors make that an elusive goal.
January 15, 2020 – Education Week
Students of color, low-income students, and English-language learners are underrepresented in gifted classes, according to an Education Week survey of gifted educators.
November 27, 2019 – Education Week
Students who both have disabilities and are gifted are often overlooked when it comes to screening for gifted education. A California district found that it could buck the trend by casting a wider net for gifted students.
November 27, 2019 – Education Week
Some districts are using new “response lessons” to identify the talented students that traditional assessments miss.
November 27, 2019 – Education Week
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A Lesson on Special Needs
November 13, 2019 – Education Week
We’re leaving out a large swath of students whose giftedness doesn't line up with traditional lesson-learning, writes Joseph S. Renzulli.
November 13, 2019 – Education Week
Eliminating gifted programs all together is the wrong solution to fixing racial and economic imbalances, argues James R. Delisle.
November 6, 2019 – Education Week
A new program uses VR simulations to help students with autism spectrum disorder practice what to do when they encounter law enforcement. But some say it’s the police who need the training.
October 23, 2019 – Education Week
We should have one nimble education system that serves all students, writes Colorado educator Steve Sandoval.
September 18, 2019 – Education Week

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