Special ed students without a diploma may be entitled to additional services

by Jade Storms – Nearly two thousand special education students may have another shot at getting their education. A Federal appeals court found the Department of Education broke federal law by forcing out special education students who didn’t receive a diploma by age 20. Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, students are allowed to […]

Special needs students did not get state testing accommodations during field test

by Matthew Bowler – Next spring, kindergarten through 12th-grade students across California will be tested to see if they meet new Common Core standards, and many districts will also continue testing for their own local standards. Last spring, Chula Vista Elementary School District gave two big tests to its students, and they might have violated […]

Dyslexia is very common yet misunderstood

by Jeri Packer – Stupid, childish, slacker, daydreamer – words that hurt and can damage a young person’s self-esteem. These misapplied labels can be signs of someone with dyslexia. The confusion comes in because this same individual appears bright and articulate in a conversation, but is unable to read, write or spell at grade level. […]

Teachers express concern that inclusion model is not the least restrictive for special needs students

by Rafael Guerrero – Hundreds of special education students in Yakima schools are not receiving their share of specialized instruction because of the district’s decision to change its model for special education services, teachers argue in a formal complaint to the state. The Yakima Education Association (YEA) submitted the complaint last week to the Office of Superintendent of Public […]

Parents continue taking sides on Common Core adoption

by Jan Crawford – It’s that familiar time again: Back to school. But something unfamiliar is happening in this fifth grade Florida classroom. It’s a whole new approach to education. “Who is ready to stand up as a team and be a lawyer, and be a group of lawyers, and defend their case with this?” […]

Special needs job and life skills program impacted by the Healthy Kids Act

Federal regulations have upset the coffee cart at a Georgia high school. Government limits on the calories in food sold to public school students have stifled both special education and culinary programs at Marietta High School, according to the Marietta Daily Journal. Students at the school learned baking and business skills by manning a cart […]

State amends law to include support for kids with dyslexia

by Jason Johnston – Missouri amended Bryce’s Law this year to better assist children who have dyslexia. “Bryce’s Law was initially written by State Rep. Dwight Scharnhorst, R-St. Louis, in an effort to provide scholarships for families of autistic children that would help offset the financial impact and barrier to services that Missouri families were […]

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 […]

Physical activity in school improves academic performance for students with ADHD

by Michigan State University – A new study shows that offering daily before-school, aerobic activities to younger at-risk children could help reduce the symptoms of ADHD in the classroom and at home. Signs can include inattentiveness, moodiness, and difficulty getting along with others. “Early studies suggest that physical activity can have a positive effect on […]

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 […]