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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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New policies aimed at supporting special education students have advocates debating their merits. In this Spotlight, learn about new testing accommodations for special education students, how vouchers are affecting parents of students with disabilities, and the potential of personalized learning for all students.

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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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As proposed rules emerge on The Every Student Succeeds Act, policymakers and educators are grappling with the impact of the law on data reporting, accountability, and parent and community engagement. In this Spotlight, learn about the key highlights of the new law and reactions to the proposed rules on accountability, test participation, and school interventions.

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Students with dyslexia often struggle with math fluency as well, and scholars at a recent conference put a spotlight on some of the possible connections.
October 4, 2017 – Education Week
In addition to hearing a major case involving public-employee unions, the U.S. Supreme Court may face a wide range of disputes of keen interest to the education community.
October 4, 2017 – Education Week
A Justice Department lawsuit alleging that students were sent to segregated and inferior programs is on hold while an appeals court weighs whether the government can file such cases.
September 13, 2017 – Education Week
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

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