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 […]

Teachers sue state over scholarship program bill

by Kathleen McGrory – The state teachers union filed a challenge to a controversial education law Wednesday, saying it violates a constitutional requirement that each law be limited to a single subject. Gov. Rick Scott signed Senate Bill 850 last month over loud objections from the union, parent groups, the NAACP and the League of […]

Autism ABA treatment coverage bill pending passage

by Georgia Parke – Advocates for autism treatment are making one last push this legislative session to require health care insurers to cover behavioral therapy. Their hopes are on Senate Bill 493, which started life in the Senate as a regulatory bill about vehicle headlights and ended up – after going through the House – […]

Charter advocates raise concerns over special ed funding review

by Christen Smith – As lawmakers hunker down for another budget season, the fate of a slew of education proposals — including the hotly-contested special education funding formula — hang in the balance. When the General Assembly recessed last month, Senate Bill 1316 was left sitting on the chamber floor amidst growing concern over the […]

Special ed grants awarded by Virginia Department of Education

by Emily Wood – Special education programs in Franklin County schools have been awarded two grants from the Virginia Department of Education to help students make the transition from school to work. The grants are intended to benefit students with high incidence disabilities, including Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD), Other Health Impairments (OHI) and Emotional Disabilities […]

More parents and legislators work on passing dyslexia bills

by Sara K. Satullo – Daphne Uliana wasn’t diagnosed with dyslexia until she was a junior in high school. By then the Hanover Township, Northampton County, resident says, it was almost too late to help her school career. She hopes things are different for her three children, who are all also dyslexic but have had […]

Schools found in violation of FAPE

by Teresa Stepzinski – Duval County Public Schools violated some federal laws governing the education of children with disabilities, a Florida Department of Education investigation shows. The state launched its investigation into the district’s Exceptional Student Education (ESE) program after receiving a complaint in mid-April from Disability Rights Florida, a statewide nonprofit advocacy organization for […]

Autism and fitness inspire participants at obstacle course event

by Patrick May – It was mud, sweat and beers Saturday in the hills of San Jose. For the third year in a row, scores of gym rats, fitness freaks and recovering couch potatoes descended into sun-parched Joseph D. Grant Memorial Park to get down and dirty — very dirty — at the Gladiator Rock […]

Online searches for autism increase seasonally

Autism Awareness Month each April brings blue lights and puzzle shapes out to shine in many communities – but does it actually lead to increased autism awareness? According to a new analysis of web search trends by researchers at Drexel University, it does appear to drive an increase in Google searches for autism – by […]