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September 26, 2019
We listened to NYC parents. Here’s what we learned about special education.
About two dozen New York City parents, children, and education policy experts gathered to talk about what's working and what's not with the special education system.
'things need to change'
September 19, 2019
As León vows improvements, here are 5 issues facing special education in Newark’s schools
Newark schools chief Roger León has promised to make many long-needed changes, but perhaps the biggest promise he’s made is to fix the city’s special education program.
August 12, 2019
I started talking about disability in my classroom. It changed both me and my students.
I realized that my students, like myself, had a choice. They could share who they were with others and accept disability as part of their identities.
June 27, 2019
Michigan no longer ranks near bottom for special education, but that doesn’t mean students are doing better academically
Michigan’s special education performance improved slightly this year, after it was ranked near the bottom of the nation in 2018.
June 14, 2019
There’s an app for that: How two rural counties reached more kids with developmental delays
Two rural counties in northern Colorado came up with a software app to reach more young children with developmental delays.
How I Teach
May 24, 2019
I changed careers to teach at a Bronx school for students with severe disabilities. Here’s what I wish people knew about my students — and job.
In our feature How I Teach, Danielle Felicissimo describes how she changed careers for a job she loves: teaching at a Bronx school for students with severe disabilities.
April 23, 2019
Students with special needs get boost in Colorado school finance bill
Colorado school districts will get more money for students with more serious disabilities under a Public School Finance Act that received initial Senate…
a legal matter
April 22, 2019
Success Academy forced out a student by suspending him and taking him to a police precinct, lawsuit claims
The complaint alleges that the charter network engaged in a “campaign of harassment” designed to force a behaviorally difficult student out of Success Academy Bed-Stuy 1.
meanwhile in albany
March 10, 2019
New York Board of Regents to discuss students with disabilities, arts pathway to graduation
Details are scarce in the New York Board of Regents’ agenda for its March meeting, except that staff will give an overview of “New York State performance in serving students with disabilities and discuss initiatives intended to improve outcomes.”
March 8, 2019
A day in the life of Miss Wendy, a ‘foot soldier’ for special education
Thousands of paraprofessionals work directly with Colorado special education students every day. Wendy McSwain is one of them.
February 28, 2019
Few students with disabilities use Tennessee voucher program, now in its second full year
Only 137 out of 42,000 eligible students are using the state's Individualized Education Account program.
Lost in Translation
January 9, 2019
Parents with limited English can get lost without translations of special ed plans. NYC is trying to fix that.
“It’s an evolution of the services we’re providing in the translation unit,” said Kleber Palma, an education department official.
sorting the students
December 21, 2018
Want a charter school application? If your child has a disability, your questions more likely to be ignored, study finds
In a sweeping national “mystery shopper” experiment, researchers posing as parents sent emails to thousands of schools asking how to apply for admission. Some messages…
November 29, 2018
Success Academy illegally changes special education services without parent input, complaint claims
The complaint alleges a pattern of school officials unilaterally changing special education placements without holding meetings with parents.
August 30, 2018
Students with disabilities improperly suspended at Newark’s largest charter school network, complaint says
A new complaint alleges that North Star Academy suspends a disproportionately high number of students with disabilities, violating their rights.
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