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November 14, 2017
To help students with physical disabilities navigate a maze of barriers, NYC releases new reports on high school accessibility
The new reports are currently available for high schools in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island.
November 9, 2017
What I learned about the limits of school choice in New York City from a mother whose child uses a wheelchair
A researcher interviewed a mother who found that "school choice" can ring hollow for parents whose children are differently abled.
November 1, 2017
More students with disabilities got required services last year, but large gaps remain
Last school year, 73 percent of students with disabilities received their mandated services — up from 59 percent the previous year.
October 6, 2017
In Boulder, students with special needs are outperforming their state peers but are far behind their own classmates
For two years in a row, Colorado education officials have raised concerns about how students with special needs are falling far behind on state…
How I Teach
October 2, 2017
Fresh from the Denver suburbs, this new teacher visited a poor student in a rural area and learned a valuable lesson
A Colorado special education teacher talks about a home visit she made to a student 29 years ago that still impacts her today.
September 25, 2017
With a new school year underway, hundreds of teaching positions remain unfilled in New York City
Hundreds of schools are missing teachers and support staff two weeks into the school year, with many of the openings in high-poverty districts and…
August 27, 2017
Many worry that students of color are too often identified as disabled. Is the real problem the opposite?
New research challenges a piece of common wisdom about special education: that black students are too often told they have a disability.
August 4, 2017
As Indiana schools try to make every graduate count, educators fear struggling students will lose out
Schools will certainly try to steer more students to the Core 40; if they don’t, their graduation rates will plummet.
July 27, 2017
Lawsuit targets New York City program that strands poor students without required special ed services
"The DOE has to ensure that students actually get services."
July 12, 2017
Report: Special education voucher program leaves some of New York City’s poorest families without services
"The process itself is in violation of the law."
July 7, 2017
The feds have a new definition for graduation rate, and Indiana’s general diploma doesn’t count
As early as fall of 2018, the general diploma could cease to count in the graduation rate the state is required to report to the federal government.
A new responsibility
June 23, 2017
In first for Aurora, charter school to run center for special education students
Rocky Mountain Prep, the charter taking over Fletcher Community School, will operate the school's program for students with autism when the transition is complete.
An education U-turn
June 20, 2017
Mayor Bill de Blasio has made many education promises. Here’s what he’s delivered so far — and what he hasn’t
With the mayoral election approaching, we've taken stock of de Blasio's progress on education.
an 'equity agenda'
May 30, 2017
Inside one Denver charter school operator’s push to serve all students
STRIVE Preparatory Schools has made fundamental changes in how it serves students.
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May 9, 2017
New York City’s special ed tracking system malfunctioned more than 800,000 times per day, but changes are underway
Officials promised to "implement these changes as quickly as possible.”
April 4, 2017
Amended bill could add 13,000 students to Tennessee’s first foray into vouchers
A bill that originally had nothing to do with school vouchers now could reallocate tens of thousands of public dollars to private services for special-needs students.
Numbers are in
March 6, 2017
Three months into Tennessee’s first voucher foray, 35 students are enrolled
About 20,000 students were eligible for the program, which gives students with certain disabilities public money for private services.
How I Teach
February 21, 2017
Prayers, precision and push-ups: A special ed teacher puts his unusual background to work in the classroom
Caleb Asomugha’s professional life has taken many turns. He spent time exploring his faith in seminary, is a member of the Army Reserve and…
TN in DC
February 2, 2017
Tennessee school board leaders met this week with Sen. Lamar Alexander. Here’s what they talked about.
Three issues shaping Tennessee public education get the ear of U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander as representatives of the state's school boards association travel to D.C.
How I Teach
January 19, 2017
She became a special education teacher by accident. Then she fell in love with her job.
Douglas County special education teacher Anna Vick on connecting with students who have serious emotional disabilities.
How I Teach
January 10, 2017
Special education teacher — and Sherlock Holmes fan — on why he encourages students to be inquisitive
A published author himself, special education teacher Derrick Belanger shares his own work with students so they can see the editing process.
November 1, 2016
Thousands of students still wait for special education services or don’t receive them at all, city figures reveal
"The fact that they’re doing the reporting and that it’s public and people are looking at it is a good thing."
October 20, 2016
When is a student ‘gifted’ or ‘disabled’? A new study shows racial bias plays a role in deciding
"The issue is that racism affects all of us, and teachers are in positions of power."
September 21, 2016
Three possible explanations for why students with special needs didn’t fare as well on PARCC
The gap separating students with special needs from other students had grown dramatically, leaving educators and advocates searching for answers.
August 12, 2016
Judge OKs a formal inquiry into the city’s notoriously unreliable special education tracking system
The city could be forced to answer questions as part of a legal proceeding that hasn't occurred since 1900.
August 8, 2016
These parents and educators will decide how Tennessee should help kids with dyslexia
A new state advisory council will tackle the way students with dyslexia learn in Tennessee schools.
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August 1, 2016
Now accepting applications: Tennessee’s first-ever school voucher program, for students with disabilities
Up to 20,000 Tennessee families can now request funds from the state’s first education voucher program.
May 17, 2016
New York’s special education district gets a new leader and a charge to blur its borders
Students with disabilities have been funneled into traditional classrooms, what happens to the programs that were initially designed only for those with the most severe needs?
April 12, 2016
Parents: Cutting CLUE program in early grades would push families out of Memphis schools
Parents charge that one of the proposed budget cuts for next school year would drain even more students from Shelby County Schools.
April 6, 2016
Hopson: Proposed budget cuts to Memphis schools could reverse years of improvements
More than $50 million in proposed cuts would impact staffing and programs including special education, the Innovation Zone and CLUE within Shelby County Schools.
March 16, 2016
After 41 SESIS errors over two hours, a special-ed teacher joins a push for reform
A forum this week highlighted special-education challenges, including problems with the $130 million data-tracking system, SESIS.
By the numbers
March 2, 2016
Grim statistics show city still failing to evaluate, serve many students with disabilities
Newly released data show New York City is still struggling to provide services to students with disabilities — a group larger than Hawaii’s entire student population.
SESIS UNDER FIRE
February 1, 2016
James sues city for not properly tracking services for students with disabilities
Letitia James filed a lawsuit against the city alleging its special-education data system prevented students from receiving services and lost the city millions.
February 1, 2016
Haslam proposes $261 million more for K-12 education
Gov. Bill Haslam proposes new investments in teacher pay, technology, reading programs and high-need student populations.
January 20, 2016
Stacked education bill could see even more additions next week
Committee Chairman Sen. Dennis Kruse said bills concerning religious instruction and teacher hiring could make it in.
January 5, 2016
Why does everything we do right for students with disabilities disappear on testing day?
Two special education teachers explain why the state must continue lobbying to change how state tests work for students with disabilities.
What's your education story?
December 21, 2015
Turning her own learning disability into a teaching tool
Kate Stout teaches fifth grade at Riverside School in IPS.
November 17, 2015
Too many of NYC’s youngest special-ed students are isolated, state says
Nearly 47 percent of the city's preschoolers with special needs attend classes just for students with disabilities, despite research on the benefits of integration.
October 29, 2015
How PE classes are working to get kids with disabilities off the sidelines
More teacher training and modified equipment have helped teachers in Denver and other Colorado districts better include students with disabilities in P.E. classes.
October 28, 2015
Plan to require more math, offer fewer diploma options raises concerns
The state board must approve new diplomas by Dec. 1.
September 16, 2015
Parents, educators worry new diploma options exclude kids with special needs
Parents and educators are concerned that Indiana students don't have equal access to the high school diplomas that fit them best.
August 11, 2015
Special education funding dries up for some kids in kindergarten
The state doesn't recognize the category of "developmental delays" past age 5, along with 19 other states
July 13, 2015
Evaluation delays leave some students with disabilities waiting for help
The city is hiring more staffers to screen students for disabilities, and upgrading a data system to track its compliance with the state's 60-day screening timeline.
July 6, 2015
Locked out of a general diploma, some grads are blocked from jobs
With just a 'certificate of completion' grads often are shut out of jobs.
June 29, 2015
Rise & Shine: Shelby County Schools' threat assessment head retires
an open forum
May 19, 2015
Fariña: System overhaul will improve special-ed issues
Strong superintendents, Fariña said, are "what it's all going to come down to."
April 30, 2015
DPS shifting more special education duties to charter schools
DPS is in the midst of transferring a number of its centers for special education students to charter schools.
time and money
April 7, 2015
City invests in new efforts to help struggling readers, but some say more is needed
The city is planning a $3.2 million program to train teachers how to help students with reading problems. But many schools still offer limited support for such students.
March 30, 2015
De Blasio signs bill requiring annual special education reports
Parents and advocates will have access to new data about how well the city is serving its special-education students next year, thanks to a new city law.
March 23, 2015
Another voucher bill – for students with special needs – advancing in legislature
While bills that would bring private school vouchers to Tennessee have grabbed headlines, a more far-reaching voucher initiative is advancing through the legislature with little fanfare.
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