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San Bernardino County reaches agreement to improve youth disability services

Friday, August 26, 2016The Department of Education announced a resolution agreement [PDF] August 5 with the nation’s largest county to overhaul its services for students with disabilities in its county’s juvenile jails and alternative schools. “We found in the investigation that in fact…

Disability advocates weigh in on Every Student Succeeds Act regulations

Wednesday, August 24, 2016Nearly three dozen disability rights groups signed onto public comments submitted to the Department of Education on August 1, urging the DOE to maintain No Child Left Behind’s testing accountability system, while urging greater clarity in the reporting requirements and…

Feds issue guidance on schools’ obligations to students with ADHD

Thursday, August 18, 2016The Department of Education released new guidance [PDF] to educators nationwide July 26, reminding them of their obligations under federal law to accommodate students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, regardless of their level of academic functioning. “On this 26th anniversary of the…

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…

Disability advocates applaud No Child Left Behind rewrite

Monday, December 21, 2015
Every Student Succeeds Act Signed into Law
President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act into law December 11, maintaining, though weakening, much of the No Child Left Behind’s accountability structure long supported by disability advocates, while taking…

DOJ weighs in on handcuffed elementary students case

Wednesday, October 14, 2015The Department of Justice filed a Statement of Interest October 2 in a highly publicized case that brought renewed attention to the role of police officers when interacting with children with disabilities in schools. “The approximately 19,000 school resource officers…

Lawsuit accuses school district of failing to accommodate students impacted by trauma

Monday, June 15, 2015
Test Case for Victims of Trauma
In a first-of-its kind lawsuit, Public Counsel and Irell & Manella LLP accused the Compton Unified School District on May 18 of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by discriminating against trauma-impacted students. “To…

Texas truancy policies under fire

Thursday, June 11, 2015
News from Texas
A trio of disability advocacy groups submitted a complaint (PDF format) with the Texas Education Agency on May 26, accusing the state of systematically violating the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act by the manner in which it…

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