How our schools are failing students with special needs

At far too many Florida public schools and private charter schools, support for children with physical, mental and emotional challenges remains inadequate or nonexistent. It’s been this way for years. It’s time state lawmakers and local school leaders stand up for the disabled and demand better of the schools charged with preparing them for life. […]

Report outlines special education areas for improvement

by Kyle Stokes – Seattle Public Schools‘ efforts to educate students with disabilities of all sorts are “in need of urgent, substantial and significant improvement,” according to a scathing report released Tuesday, faulting district staff from the administrative offices all the way down to individual schools. The report itself was commissioned by the district office’s […]

A lack of vision at the district level

Seattle district office.

by Kyle Stokes – Seattle Public Schools’ efforts to educate students with disabilities of all sorts are “in need of urgent, substantial and significant improvement,” according to a scathing report released Tuesday, faulting district staff from the administrative offices all the way down to individual schools. The report itself was commissioned by the district office’s special […]

Bilingual kids mistakenly placed in special education classes

By Erin Smith, Erica Moura – Even as the state braces for a wave of unaccompanied immigrant children, school systems, including Boston, are failing in assessing and educating non-English speaking students they already have. More than one in five children of immigrants who are learning English in Boston schools have been placed in special education […]

Birth injuries that cause learning disabilities

by Leigh Egan – Although the birth of a newborn is supposed to be one of the most exciting and special times for parents, the dreams of a normal life for their child can be shattered if the baby experiences a birth injury. What’s worse, not only do birth injuries heighten the chances of painful physical […]

Improved data use should lead to better special ed student outcomes

by Michele Jolin - For far too long, we as a nation have set unnecessarily low education expectations for students with special needs, limiting their choices and opportunities for success. But thanks to a new U.S. Department of Education directive, things are changing for the better. The Department is shifting to a new approach for the nation’s […]

The nature of work as a special education teacher

Special education teachers work with children and youth who have a variety of disabilities. Most special education teachers instruct students at the elementary, middle, and secondary school level, although some work with infants and toddlers. The majority of special education teachers work with children with mild to moderate disabilities using or modifying the general education […]

How funding impacts successes and failures of students h disabilities

by Clare McCann – Last month, the Obama administration announced a new plan to hold states accountable for the successes and failures of students with disabilities in the K-12 educational system. Students with disabilities graduate from high school at a rate 20 percentage points lower than the overall student population, and struggle to achieve proficiency in math […]

Common Core will take new toll on special ed student achievement

by Nicole Shepard – There are 6.5 million special-education students in the U.S. today, and most are falling further behind their peers under Common Core standards. “The latest government figures show that the dropout rate for students with disabilities is twice that for non-disabled students,” NPR’s Claudio Sanchez reported. “Two-thirds of students with disabilities are […]

Special ed teacher fights to get job back

By Barbara Ross, Ben Chapman – A Bronx special education teacher who struggled for years to qualify for his position is fighting to get his job back after being fired for incompetence. Jesus Estaba, 59, insists that a Department of Education hearing officer was arbitrary and capricious last month when she agreed with DOE that […]