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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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School systems that identify, discipline, or segregate students with disabilities at a disproportionate rate gird for a requirement that they set aside some federal aid for early-intervention remedies.
September 6, 2017 – Education Week
With more students now able to take the SAT with accommodations, does that change the test's validity? asks school attorney Miriam Kurtzig Freedman.
August 30, 2017 – Education Week
Is the United States on the right track when it comes to funding education? Five education experts and practitioners discuss.
August 23, 2017 – Education Week
A new study suggests long-term use of sign language may hold back the speech and reading skills of children who use cochlear implants to create a sense of sound.
July 19, 2017 – Education Week
The justices confronted a number of important K-12 education issues, deciding cases on special education, free exercise of religion, and more.
July 19, 2017 – Education Week
ELL students are underenrolled in gifted classes, finds an Education Week analysis. But some schools are trying to buck the trend.
June 21, 2017 – Education Week
The requirement that states create ambitious blueprints to improve student performance under the Every Student Succeeds Act mirrors efforts by special education officials to focus on results, not just compliance.
May 31, 2017 – Education Week
An Education Week Research Center analysis finds that 1 in 100 special education students was physically restrained or placed in seclusion from classmates in 2013-14.
May 17, 2017 – Education Week
Districtwide school discipline reforms can disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline. Superintendents Robert Runcie and Antwan Wilson would know.
May 10, 2017 – Education Week
The agreement boosts federal aid for Title I and special education through September, but K-12 cuts could loom for fiscal 2018 to pave the way for defense increases.
May 10, 2017 – Education Week

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