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Fixing Special Education
2 days ago
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'
2 days ago
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.”
September 3, 2019
Advocates charge NYC education officials delay orders to provide special education services
Budget & finance
August 28, 2019
Chicago wants to spend more on accommodations for students with disabilities. Advocates say the plan still falls short.
A disabilities rights group is pushing the city to do more to allow students with disabilities to attend classes and events on any floor of any city school building.
August 28, 2019
Thousands of special education students missed nearly two months of school
Tens of thousands of New York City public school students with disabilities are so “severely chronically absent” that they miss nearly two months of instruction per year
chasing a diploma
August 21, 2019
To get a high school equivalency diploma, NYC forces students to give up special education services
“If you don’t have this degree there are very few options for you.”
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.
July 30, 2019
This Colorado preschool’s new gym could be a model for serving students with special needs
Bal Swan Children's Center's new gym is on the cusp of a growing trend for more inclusive physical education.
Curriculum and instruction
July 30, 2019
Room at the top: Chicago schools chief looks to fill leadership vacancies
Chicago Public Schools seeks critical additions to its senior leadership team.
July 25, 2019
What Denver is doing to recruit more special education paraprofessionals — and keep them
It includes raising the starting pay to more than $15 an hour.
July 23, 2019
At Chicago job fair, hundreds line up for a chance at support-staff jobs
People lined up outside of the gymnasium at Richard J. Daley College, seeking to fill many of the crucial positions that support teaching and learning.
July 14, 2019
NYC parents march for disability pride to bring ‘a face to the journey’
As they marched from Madison Square Park to Union Square, Chalkbeat caught up with parents, teachers, and students to ask what disability pride means to them.
back and forth
July 9, 2019
NYC vows to address special education failures detailed in state review. But will their reforms go far enough?
“These children only have one shot at education; whether we get it right or wrong today impacts their life chances."
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