Special ed student, victim of bullying is charged with misdeamenor

by Giuseppe Macri – A learning-disabled 15-year-old Pennsylvania sophomore was threatened with felony wiretapping charges for using his school-approved iPad to record being bullied by other students. After his numerous reports to teachers went unheeded, the student, who has not been identified, decided to take matters into his own hands after repeatedly being tripped, pushed, […]

Court rules that least restrictive environment applies to summer school

by Mark Hamblett – A key provision of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act applies to extended school-year placements for children who require 12-month programs, a federal appeals court has ruled. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that the requirement that school districts place special-needs children in the “least-restrictive environment” applies […]

State report offers recommendations to improve special education quality

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by Tom Davis – The New Jersey School Boards Association released the final report of its Special Education Task Force in South Brunswick on Thursday. The task force spent over a year studying ways public schools could control costs while preserving the quality of special education programs and services. Titled “Special Education: A Service, Not […]

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 […]

Definition of dyslexia to now be an Iowa state code

by Steve Harris – Thanks to new legislation, a definition of dyslexia will now be included in the Iowa Code.  The neurological condition, which often runs in families, causes individuals difficultly with learning to read, write and spell. The law is the result of strong advocacy from a number of groups, including the parent-lead, grassroots organization Decoding Dyslexia. DD […]

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 […]

Special education vouchers get voted down

Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn.

by Jeff Amy – Eleven Republicans provided the margin of defeat Wednesday as the House voted 63-57 to reject a bill that would have given vouchers worth more than $6,000 to parents of some Mississippi special education students. The defeat came only moments after House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, himself had boosted the bill’s chances, […]

Congressman puts special education funding first

Rep. John Kline,  the chairman of the House education committee.

By Alyson Klein – Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., the chairman of the House education committee, plans to pour new energy into a perennial priority: bolstering funding for special education. Education advocates, Congress, and the Obama administration need to put special education funding first, Mr. Kline said in an interview following a roundtable in his district […]

Parents react to admission of special ed students into high performing school

by Tobias Salinger, Ben Chapman – No special admissions for special education students! That’s what livid Townsend Harris High School parents are saying about an Education Dept. decision to admit 11 students this fall outside of a standard selection process. An angry Parent-Teacher Association in Flushing mailed a letter to Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña on […]

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