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DOE, South Carolina settle special education funding dispute

Monday, September 12, 2016The U.S. Department of Education and the South Carolina Department of Education announced an agreement August 25, resolving a five-year-long dispute concerning the state’s special education funding compliance. Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, states may not reduce their…

DOE to school districts: Address racial disparities in special education

Friday, March 4, 2016The U.S. Department of Education proposed new regulations [PDF] February 23, detailing new steps that school districts must take to reduce racial disparities in the identification, placement and discipline of students in special education programs. “We have a moral and…

Disability rights groups sue Success Academy Charter Schools

Thursday, January 28, 2016New York City’s largest and most influential charter school system is the subject of a new complaint with the Department of Education [PDF], accusing it of violating a range of federal special education laws, particularly in regard to the…

DOJ uncovers extensive IDEA violations in Mississippi youth detention facility

Thursday, January 21, 2016The Department of Justice, in a letter issued to state officials January 12, slammed the state of Mississippi for failing to remedy a variety of federal special education law violations at a juvenile detention facility, first identified by the…

Feds announce new grant to support postsecondary students

Thursday, July 16, 2015In a notice published in the Federal Register last month, the U.S. Department of Education announced funding for a new center for assisting students with disabilities with understanding their legal rights at the college levels. At the grade school levels,…

California county ends solitary confinement for youth with disabilities

Wednesday, June 3, 2015Contra Costa County will no longer keep children in solitary confinement and will begin providing legally mandated special education services to inmates, under the terms of a legal settlement announced May 19. “At a time when the nation is re-evaluating…

(Video) Student with disability excluded from school experiences

Friday, May 15, 2015A well-known rite of passage in Oregon public schools is participating in Outdoor School. According to a study commissioned by the Oregon Community Foundation, in the 2011-2012 school year about 12% of Oregon fifth graders and about 50% of…

Feds clarify annual special education spending rule

Thursday, May 7, 2015The Department of Education finalized rules April 28 that seek to clarify the responsibility of states to provide spending for special education services in line with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Under the IDEA’s “maintenance of effort rule,” states…

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