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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 5, 2019
‘Someone needs to be fired,’ says lawmaker about letters sent to Tennessee school parents
Letters being distributed to families in dozens of Tennessee schools are creating a stir among education advocates.
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
August 19, 2019
Complicated language excludes parents from the IEP process. It doesn’t have to be this way.
Special education documents should be more readable so families can truly advocate for their children
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.
Struggle to thrive
June 17, 2019
Provider shortages and geographic gaps plague the early intervention system for NYC’s youngest learners
The Early Intervention system that provides a lifeline to children with developmental delays and disabilities is facing its own struggle to thrive
use of force
May 30, 2019
Handcuffed in Denver in the fifth grade: ‘Whenever I shut my eyes, I saw the cuffs’
The experience left the Denver 11-year-old with nightmares, scars on his wrists, and a visceral fear of police.
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.
Diversity & Equity
May 6, 2019
An Indianapolis teacher uses his own school struggles to help students with special needs
Now a teacher at Damar Charter Academy, Shay Daily's own struggles in school inspired him to help students who face challenges themselves at school.
a better placement
May 4, 2019
7 and out of school since 2017: How Jazmiah slipped through the cracks of NYC’s special ed system
Jazmiah, who is autistic, and struggles with ADHD and behavior issues, has not attended school for nearly a year and a half.
April 18, 2019
Chicago special education reforms slow to get off ground, monitor tells state school board
Nearly a year after a damning state report detailed how Chicago students with disabilities were systemically delayed or denied services, an update says…
April 15, 2019
Tennessee governor’s voucher proposal is ‘step backwards,’ says civil rights, education coalition
A statewide coalition of more than 50 civil rights and education advocacy groups come out against Gov. Bill Lee’s signature education proposal.
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September 13, 2018
Look up disparities in how your school is serving students with special needs
The tool is an easy way for you to compare gaps among schools and the statewide average.
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