School district tries to sue another district under IDEA

by Joel Stashenko – A school district does not have a private right of action to sue another district under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), a federal judge has determined. Northern District Judge Lawrence Kahn dismissed the attempt of the Brunswick Central School District in Rensselaer County to sue the Gill Montague […]

Teacher to teacher back to school tips

by Greg Schwanbeck - In late August, the pleasure of summer relaxation begins to overlap with the excitement of a new school year. It’s a wonderful time to be a teacher. While trying to catch my last wave or last fish of the summer, I begin a mental routine that energizes me and prepares me for the […]

Individual dyslexia intervention highly successful

Compelling research shows learning outcomes for children with dyslexia can be vastly improved. Specialized, early intervention can significantly boost success at school for a child with dyslexia, a pilot study shows. One-on-one, personalized tuition resulted in vast and surprising improvements in achievement skills, Karen Waldie, Associate Professor of the School of Psychology at Auckland University, […]

Both teachers and students worried about new state assessments

by Debbie Kelley – It’s the end of an era for educational policy in Colorado. Public school teachers and their students will be immersed in a new world of standardized testing, starting this academic year. As teachers pore over spring assessment results the Colorado Department of Education released last week, administrators are looking toward the […]

Back to school and autism

by Pamela Gross – The children have been out of school for almost three months now. For weeks, the students have been getting up late, or too early in some cases. They are used to being at home and more often than not, with little structure or concern for time. For many children with autism, […]

Report shows state special ed administrators lack credentialing

by Diane C. Lore – Several administrators in the city Department of Education’s Office of Special Education have little to no teaching or supervisory experience in special ed or lack state certification in education administration and supervision, an Advance check of records reveals. The discovery comes as the DOE rolls out special education reforms heading […]

Classroom accommodations for students with ADHD

by Liz Matheis – Whether your child has a 504 Plan or an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), make certain that its outlined accommodations reflect his unique learning style and needs. Let me start by explaining the basic difference between a 504 Plan and an IEP. The 504 Plan is guided by the American with Disabilities […]

Paraprofessionals help districts meet special ed student needs

by Marc Valero – The School Board of Highlands County has nearly doubled its Exceptional Student Education paraprofessional numbers over a three-year period to serve an increasing number of special needs students. The district added six ESE paraprofessionals in the 2013-14 school year. The tentative 2014-15 budget shows an additional 12, which would bring the […]

How to get accommodations for learning disabilities in college

by Susan Yellin – The car is packed, you’ve synced your phone and downloaded new music for the drive ahead. You’ve even logged in to the online bookstore to order the semester’s required textbooks. But if you are a freshman or a returning student, and you have ADHD, LD, or any other disability, you need […]

Key points on starting the special education process

by Tarina – Is your child making poor grades? Struggling to retain or use information? With the new school year upon us, it is important to remember that there are resources available for families who have children with special education needs. The following are some legal checkpoints to help your child get off to a […]