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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."
Surge in complaints
July 8, 2019
Parents sacrifice savings and careers in fight for special education services
Some parents say they’ve depleted savings and put jobs on hold as they fight to get their kids necessary special-education services from the city.
July 3, 2019
For the first time, a Memphis charter network leaves state district for local oversight
The move by Freedom Preparatory Academy rolls back the 2014 state takeover of the Westwood school.
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.
Lost in Translation
June 6, 2019
‘Why don’t you learn English?’: Lawsuit blasts NYC translation services for special education families
The lawsuit describes a “pattern and practice” of failing to provide interpretation regarding special education services.
the over under
May 28, 2019
How school segregation affects whether a black student gets labeled as having a disability
Disability labels seemed to be the most accurate where there's a mix of white students and students of color in a school.
May 28, 2019
Surge of complaints by parents of special education students sparks ‘crisis’
Complaints filed against the city Department of Education by parents of special education students have skyrocketed since 2014
a step closer
May 17, 2019
Denver may allow interpreters, vocational educators to join teachers union
“We provide an invaluable service that cannot be duplicated."
May 9, 2019
Success Academy released psychologists’ notes about a former student. Now, the family has filed a federal complaint.
The complaint comes in response to a story published Saturday about Jazmiah Vasquez, a seven-year-old student who has not been in school for a year and a half.
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