Education

Special education “child find requirement” reaches the Supreme Court

Friday, April 22, 2011
The U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington D.C.
Starvenia Addison* reads at a fourth grade level and finished below the first percentile on standardized tests during her ninth grade year. The next fall, she failed all her classes, continuously turning…

Restraint and seclusion bill reintroduced

Thursday, April 7, 2011
Capitol Building in Washington DC
Rep. George Miller (D-CA) reintroduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives on April 6 mandating the first federal limits on methods that school administrators can use to prevent students with disabilities from endangering…

Bullying conference spotlights students with disabilities

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Bullying Conference Comes to White House
The White House held a Conference on Bullying Prevention on March 10, where President Obama met with students and education and health professionals to discuss preventive measures in schools. Curt Decker, executive director of…

DOJ secures an accommodation for medical board examination

Tuesday, February 22, 2011The Justice Department announced a settlement February 22 with the National Board of Medical Examiners, a private nonprofit organization that administers the U.S. Medical Licensing Examinations, in response to a failure to provide reasonable accommodations for a student with disabilities.…

A teaching moment for disability bullying

Thursday, February 17, 2011The CBS Evening News ran a powerful story Monday evening about the bullying of a 13-year-old boy with juvenile arthritis. After being diagnosed, the boy was mocked repeatedly for his limp. Others students called him names, such as “chicken legs,”…

Suspension rates soar for student with disabilities in NYC

Thursday, February 3, 2011Special education students were four times more likely to be suspended than general education students in the nation’s largest school district, according to a new report released Jan. 27. Despite accounting for just 18 percent of the student population in…

9th Circuit upholds testing accommodations

Thursday, February 3, 2011The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled Jan. 4 in favor of a legally blind UCLA School of Law graduate seeking to use computer-assisted programs to ensure she could pass a test required to practice law…

Private school network to pay $215,000 in discrimination suit

Tuesday, January 25, 2011Nobel Learning Communities Inc., which operates a network of more than 180 private schools in 15 states nationwide, reached a settlement with the Justice Department after being investigated for discriminating against children with disabilities. Under the terms of the settlement,…

Nevada teachers arrested following abuse allegations

Thursday, December 30, 2010Four teachers at an elementary school in Nye County, Nevada were arrested Nov. 23 for abusing children in special education classes. The teachers were accused of “spankings,” “flicking,” “pushing,” “slapping,” “violent shaking” and “grabbing,” according to an article in the…

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