Special education

Legal experts recommend parents of students with disabilities make a written request to their school districts to schedule IEP meetings about services called “compensatory education” by Dec. 31.
Most kids labeled as having an “emotional disability” and shunted into public special education schools are Black or Latino, and low income — while wealthier families more often access a taxpayer-funded free private education.
In Newark, students with disabilities need more support and services to recover from the learning loss experienced during the pandemic, parents say.
“Focus on selecting a school that is a good fit for your student and not whether it’s a ‘good school’ or not,” one expert said.
Funding for schools with fewer students who live in poverty has increased faster than funding for schools with more such students, one group said.
Students with disabilities and their families are still reeling from the emotional repercussions of remote learning. Here’s why.
Una querella federal dice que la ley de opción de escuelas (school choice) de Colorado da demasiada oportunidad para rechazar a estudiantes discapacitados.
The scores are the first measure of how students across the five boroughs have fared in reading and math since the coronavirus pandemic.
Schools Chancellor David Banks’ comments prompted multiple City Council members to grill officials about the department’s plans on Wednesday.
The boys attend “affective needs centers,” which are separate classrooms designed to serve students with emotional disabilities.
A complaint filed with the federal Office for Civil Rights says Colorado’s school choice law gives school very broad leeway to turn away students with disabilities.
To better understand the challenges faced by students, Chalkbeat Newark is looking to speak with parents, guardians, and family members who know or have a student with disabilities in a Newark public school.
Chalkbeat spoke with several families. All said they felt push back. Some felt pushed out. The district disputes that the school isn’t accommodating.
The New Jersey Department of Education has ordered Newark Public Schools to take corrective action after finding that the district failed to meet certain federal requirements for students with disabilities.
Teacher burnout cannot be an excuse to exclude children with challenging behaviors.
Michael Pantone, one of this year’s Big Apple Award winners, teaches theater to students with disabilities at a Brooklyn school in District 75.
Many Colorado school districts say the fall hiring frenzy is similar to previous years. They’ve raised pay, but competition with the private sector and other districts is stiff.
Eye to Eye’s Colorado conference provides an opportunity for neurodiverse youth to learn mentorship, leadership, and advocacy. They also get to be themselves.
After busing shortages plagued Chicago schools last year, the school board passed measures to prioritize students with need and added new contracts.
Using equipment that meets their individual needs, the youth are experiencing the joy of camp at Kids Tri Camp in Chicago.
Schools need to make sure students aren’t being disciplined for behavior related to their disability, especially as the effects of the pandemic drag on, new guidance says.
Chicago Public Schools says a program for deaf students at Chase Elementary is not closing, but parents and teachers remain concerned about its future after uncertainty over continuing enrollment.
A settlement will ensure that families of children with disabilities be provided with language interpretation services in Chicago during planning meetings.
Chalkbeat created a lookup tool examining changes to Fair Student Funding, a major source of funding for schools.
The department’s guidance is not binding on districts, but it may influence their approach to negotiations with parents of students with disabilities.
Students at the School of Design and Construction are partnering with IKEA to build a life skills learning lab for students with disabilities.
Schools will see less money in new budget deal, but Mayor Eric Adams says they’re not cuts. Instead, he sees the funding as reflecting the decreased student population.
As federal stimulus funding starts to wind down, school leaders are facing tough choices with declining budgets and enrollment.
The SEED program aims to help students who have sensory issues that are “dramatically impacting their school performance.”
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