Technology is not providing equal access to college students with disabilities

by Kyle Shachmut – It is well documented that students with disabilities are facing barriers in their pursuit of higher education, and institutions are having a difficult time fulfilling their legal obligation to ensure equal access. So it was surprising last month when the American Council on Education, in a letter to Sen. Tom Harkin […]

Is Common Core a new obstacle for students with disabilities?

New York State adopted Common Core in 2010 to the chagrin of many who protested the rollout of the tougher standards but what some people may not know is that those tougher standards apply to students with special needs too. A special education advisory on the New York State Education Department website attributed to James […]

Proposed legislation may help parents with special ed due process costs

U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa

by Michelle Diament – A federal lawmaker says he wants to level the playing field for parents involved in special education disputes with their child’s school district. U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, is proposing new legislation that would ensure parents who successfully challenge a school district under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act can recoup […]

Debating the Common Core state standards

by Valerie Strauss – Embrace the Common Core State Standards? Do not embrace the Common Core? That was the question in New York when four people — two for embracing and two against — participated in a recent debate about the controversial initiative. The  event was sponsored by an organization called Intelligence Squared U.S., which […]

Reports of special ed violations cited as cause for contract termination

by Monica Scott – A former Grand Rapids Child Discovery Center employee is seeking whistleblower protection over allegations the charter and its authorizer, Grand Rapids Public Schools, retaliated against her for reporting special education and contractual violations. Patty Joynt filed a lawsuit Thursday, Sept. 11, against the Child Discovery Center and the district claiming her […]

Special and general education should not be viewed as two separate systems

by Lawrence S. Feinsod – It’s part of a continuum of programs and interventions, as inclusive as possible, and available to meet each child’s individual needs. In 1911, New Jersey recognized the importance of educating children with special needs by providing state funding to cover special-education costs that exceeded those of general education. The effort […]

District creates special ed task force to improve student achievement

by Valarie Honeycut Spears – A new Fayette County Public Schools special education task force will try to “cast a vision for a world-class” program, chief academic officer Lu Young announced Monday. Young said the decision to create a task force arose from a recommendation by school board member Doug Barnett in May, during talks […]

More and more parents see value in tutoring services

by Brian Albrecht – Name of Business: Home Tutoring Solutions Type of business: Educational Services Years in business: nine years Tell us what your business does: Home Tutoring Solutions provides academic tutoring for all ages and subjects in the Northeast Ohio area. Our team of certified teachers are able to help students in grades K-12. […]

Colleges provide supports for students with learning disabilities

by Nathan Denette – Samuel Pereira was diagnosed with a learning disability when he was eight, but as he aged and his workload increased so, too, did his challenges in the classroom. “One of my issues was processing,” he recalled. “I have all of the information, I know what I want to put down on […]

Superintendent is former special education student

by Lisa Schencker – As a boy, Kodey Hughes didn’t think much about his future because it didn’t seem very promising. He grew up the son of a single father in tiny Mammoth in western Utah. He had a learning disability that made reading difficult. Hughes didn’t read his first full book until seventh grade. “I wasn’t […]