Special education

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.”
But the district is leaving the details to schools, and not all students are getting help.
The vote is unlikely to have an immediate impact on school budgets, but delays in approving a formula could hamper principals’ ability to plan and hire staff.
The goal is more funding for students with costlier needs, but will it be enough?
A Colorado bill seeks to improve school discipline practices and promote a better learning environment. Opponents say it will drown them in paperwork.
The delays could discourage some therapists from signing up for similar programs, complicating future efforts to provide extra help to students with disabilities.
The goal is more supportive schools. Advocates are starting with more data collection, better policies for school resource officers, and a near-ban on handcuffing students.
With the end of the school year approaching, NYC schools have spent just about half of this year’s COVID relief, according to a comptroller report.
Denver Public Schools and the teachers union are collaborating on quantifying the work of specialists like school psychologists to make their jobs more manageable.
HopSkipDrive specializes in rides for children and contracts with school districts. Disability advocates want state safety rules for school transportation to apply.
The state’s voucher program for students with disabilities could double in size.
A Colorado bill would give charter schools more opportunity to teach students with disabilities. But are charters ready for the responsibility?
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