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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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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
Special education students need more support, but so do their teachers, writes high school teacher Josh Brown.
March 13, 2019 – Education Week
After investing eight years on a system that fell far short of expectations, the city is gearing up to replace or fix it.
March 13, 2019 – Education Week
The Education Department made an "arbitrary and capricious" decision in delaying an Obama-era rule that would change the way states monitor how minority students are identified and served in special education, a federal judge rules.
March 13, 2019 – Education Week
Teachers specializing in students with disabilities feel mostly competent in their own abilities, but far less confident in their general education colleagues, among other findings.
February 27, 2019 – Education Week
When their advocates are on the picket line, historically marginalized students are hit particularly hard, warns one special education paraprofessional.
March 6, 2019 – Education Week
Letter to the Editor
Special Ed. Has a Data Problem
February 13, 2019 – Education Week
Letter to the Editor
Let's Have a National Discussion
February 13, 2019 – Education Week
The U.S. Department of Education's civil rights and special education offices are teaming up for compliance reviews, more assistance to schools and districts, and better data collection on the extent of seclusion and restraint.
January 23, 2019 – Education Week

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