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November 5, 2019
Hit hardest by Texas’ illegal special education cap: Low-income students of color, study shows
Students who lost services as a result of Texas’ illegal cap on special education were dramatically less likely to graduate from high school and enroll in college.
November 4, 2019
Indiana committee finds few solutions for the high cost of special education disputes
The committee of special education advocates and school leaders postponed potentially major changes — a move that is a relief to some parent advocates
November 1, 2019
NYC students see uptick in delays on special ed evaluations, violating legal timeframes
An increasing number of public school kids were delayed in getting evaluated for special education services last year, violating federal timelines.
a high-stakes evaluation
October 31, 2019
A two-tiered system: Families who can’t afford private evaluations struggle to secure special ed services
The evaluation process is complicated for parents to navigate — and savvy families who can pay for private evaluations have a big advantage.
October 21, 2019
My son’s Chicago school told me no one could administer his medication. I’m glad his teachers are on strike.
This strike is difficult for all parents, but it is especially difficult for students with special needs and their parents. Yet it is also essential for them.
Updated October 17, 2019
NYC advocates demand ‘immediate action’ to overhaul special education complaint system
The city education department’s inability to meet legal deadlines for resolving complaints filed by families of special education students is causing harm
How I Teach
October 9, 2019
On the brink of quitting, this Colorado special education teacher helped fix staffing gaps
This special education teacher talked about how she discovered a non-verbal student’s passion for wrestling and what happened after a wildfire traumatized the community.
October 4, 2019
Money over merit? New study says gifted programs favor students from wealthier families
Elementary school children from higher income families are far more likely to be in gifted programs than those from lower income families, the study says.
October 1, 2019
Newark special education official: Problems remain, but district is taking steps to improve its program
Newark schools continue to face challenges in serving students with disabilities, but changes are underway, a district official told parents and advocates.
listening tour 2019
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.
we hear you
September 23, 2019
Here’s what we heard about special education in Newark after listening to parents, advocates, and educators
Newark residents gathered Saturday to discuss one of the central issues facing the city's schools: how to improve special education.
Fixing Special Education
September 19, 2019
When schools and parents in Indiana disagree on special education services, what happens next can be slow and costly
The due process system is meant to be faster, cheaper, and more cooperative than court. But that's not always the reality in Indiana.
'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.
September 11, 2019
Why some students with special needs struggled with ILEARN accommodations
Some parents and teachers said the lack of appropriate accommodations for students with special needs were, in part, responsible for the statewide drop in test scores.
September 4, 2019
A reading ‘crisis’: Why some New York City parents created a school for dyslexic students
“The only kids who are dyslexic who are getting a good education are disproportionately upper class and white.”
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