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The Haunting Reality of Discrimination in School Discipline

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 29, 2019)

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Ella Griffith-Tager says the support she’s received in coping with her disability has varied year by year and school to school.
December 5, 2018 – Education Week
The state has developed an extensive plan for fixing a violation of federal special education law, but federal officials want to see additional corrective actions and plan a visit to follow up.
October 31, 2018 – Education Week
Few principals have deep experience with special education, but managing it effectively is possible. Some experts offer their ideas for school leaders.
October 17, 2018 – Education Week
The National Center for Learning Disabilities cites shortcomings in how states plan to hold schools and districts accountable and support them in meeting the needs of students with disabilities.
October 10, 2018 – Education Week
Disproportionate discipline in special education is a serious problem, but there are remedies, write Lauren Morando Rhim and Stephanie Lancet.
October 3, 2018 – Education Week
Thousands of babies are born each year to mothers who abused opioids while pregnant, and a new study offers a snapshot of the educational impact of that early trauma.
September 19, 2018 – Education Week
The New Haven, Conn., school district is working with a team of education, genetics, and neuroscience researchers from Yale University in what may be the first attempt to design so-called "precision" gene-based education help for the academic disorder.
September 12, 2018 – Education Week
The lawsuit alleges that the testmaker "stigmatizes" student with disabilities by flagging their test scores for colleges.
August 22, 2018 – Education Week
Districts still have legal responsibility for private school students with disabilities within their boundaries, but it can be a tricky relationship to navigate.
August 2, 2018 – Education Week
Nearly half of the states have been given wiggle room in complying with a provision reserving alternative tests for students with the most-severe cognitive disabilities.
June 20, 2018 – Education Week

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