State opens financial aid door to special education graduates

by Betsy Hammond – Oregon students with disabilities who’ve earned modified high school diplomas were  declared eligible for federal financial aid this week, reversing an earlier ruling that blocked aid for more than 1,700 recent Oregon high school graduates, Oregon House Education Chairwoman Sara Gelser announced Thursday. The ruling, confirmed by Oregon Department of Education communications director Crystal Greene, […]

Steps to a special education assessment

by Michelle Misiaszek – How would a parent know if their child was in need or eligible for special education? Every school aged child is entitled to a free education that is fair and appropriate. State and Federal law requires public school districts to identify and evaluate every child that is suspected of having a […]

State assessments should not go against student IEPs

by Jeffrey S. Solochek – Orlando mom Andrea Rediske continues her fight to end Florida’s testing requirements for its most profoundly disabled students, even after her son Ethan has passed away. Having heard concerns that waiving the tests could violate federal law, Rediske turned her attention to the U.S. Department of Education. She penned a […]

Nations largest district to change how students with special needs are assigned to schools

by Patrick Wall – When Chancellor Carmen Fariña took the podium at a conference Saturday for families of children with disabilities, many parents were eager to learn how she planned to steer the city’s special education overhaul, which is dramatically changing how students with special needs are assigned to schools. But Fariña didn’t talk about the […]

Inclusion does not mean eliminating special education classrooms

by Selma Brigham – As a retired special education teacher, it was with considerable dismay that I read the March 23 Gazette article describing the proposed changes to state requirements for special education teacher endorsements. Federal laws were enacted in the 1970s to protect the right of children to a free and appropriate education, regardless […]

Exceptionality is recognized at special needs marathon

by Jennifer Connor – An exceptional person is defined by the Special Education Club at Gwynedd Mercy University (GMU) as someone who has shown perseverance and bravery in overcoming diversity and hardship. This year, the club was able to recognize 11-year-old Peter Zucca, for his perseverance by staying active even without his right leg. Zucca […]

District plan aims for inclusion of all special ed students

by Victoria Wolk – Every three years, school districts in Pennsylvania are required to submit special education plans, which describe the education each district is providing to its special education students, to the state’s department of education. At the North Penn School District’s school board work session Tuesday night, the district’s plan for 2014 through […]

More evidence that charter schools push-out students with learning disabilities

Charter School Refugees - NYTimes.com

by Andrea Gabor -  Last week, the New York State Legislature struck a deal ensuring that charter schools in New York City would have access to space, either in already crowded public school buildings or in rented spaces largely paid for by the city. Over the next few years, charters are expected to serve an […]

State gets report card on special education

by Chelsea Davis – Special education students are getting the help they need as they go through school, but a new state report shows they may lack support as they near graduation. The Oregon Department of Education released the Oregon School District Special Education and Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education programs report cards for the […]

When testing for students is no longer about feedback

by The Faculty of P.S. 167 – Imagine your first day at a new school. You are surrounded by new faces and new teachers and are navigating a new building. What are you concerned about? Making new friends? Liking your new teachers? When they enter our school each fall, our sixth-graders write about their hopes […]

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