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Serving Special Needs Students During COVID-19: A Rural Educator's Story

Just because a rural school system has internet doesn’t mean everyone can afford it. That’s why James Barrett delivers paper work packets, along with meals, to his students during the COVID-19 crisis. (May 18, 2020)

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Parents and educators are leading efforts to transform learning for dyslexic students. In this Spotlight, discover how prepared teachers are to support students with disabilities, how parents are advocating for new reading curriculum, and how specialized instruction is helping students decode words.

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Discrimination based on race and disability demands our attention—and action, writes Catherine E. Lhamon, the chair of U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
July 30, 2019 – Education Week
Three new studies show that a web of factors appear to influence how often black and Hispanic children are identified for special education compared to similar white peers.
June 12, 2019 – Education Week
Many English-learners and students with disabilities spend lots of time in the general education classroom, and yet teachers there often lack training in how to meet their needs
May 15, 2019 – Education Week
Inclusion doesn't just mean throwing disabled students into general education classrooms without support, writes disability advocate Hannah Grieco.
May 8, 2019 – Education Week
One mother’s complaint to the state of Oklahoma regarding her child prompts a state order affecting students with disabilities throughout Tulsa.
May 1, 2019 – Education Week
Learn how four teachers used new ed-tech tools to improve student engagement, differentiate learning, deploy better assessments, and communicate more effectively with parents.
April 24, 2019 – Education Week
Betsy DeVos remains a magnet for controversy on Capitol Hill and an easy target for opponents of the Trump administration as her testimony at two recent budget hearings illustrates.
April 10, 2019 – Education Week
Organized under the Special Olympics umbrella, the Unified Champion Schools program promotes meaningful connections between students with and without intellectual disabilities, using sports as a catalyst.
April 10, 2019 – Education Week
A federal judge told the Trump administration it can't delay a policy aimed at drawing closer attention to minority over-representation in special education. Here are seven key things to know.
March 20, 2019 – Education Week
Allegations that some students lied about having disabilities so they could get special accommodations on college entrance exams have the disabilities community worried about a backlash.
March 20, 2019 – Education Week

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