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February 8, 2019
Parents of special education students weigh whether to send kids to school during a strike
Some Denver parents will keep their special needs children home from school if there's a teacher strike Monday because of worries about safety.
Follow the money
February 8, 2019
Mayor de Blasio proposes $300 million for special education staff, beefing up programs
Most of this money will be used to add more teachers and paraprofessionals to “implement individualized education programs," and a portion of it would go toward programs in bilingual special education and autism spectrum disorder.
February 6, 2019
Aurora seeks to close charter school, saying it is failing special needs students
Aurora's school board is expected to vote on Vega’s fate at their next meeting, on Feb. 19.
February 4, 2019
Tennessee’s new education chief wants to ‘listen and learn’ with school visits
Penny Schwinn visited Tennessee classrooms on her first day on the job and pledged to make that a habit.
January 7, 2019
New York City now spends $325 million a year to send students with disabilities to private schools
The cost of sending students with disabilities dwarfs the price tag of some of the mayor’s highest-profile education initiatives.
December 21, 2018
Here’s what happened in Chicago public education this year
A secret report, a strike, and signs of improvement: Here are the big storylines we covered in 2018.
Fixing Special Education
November 19, 2018
How will Chicago repair the harm from special-education neglect?
As Illinois and Chicago seek to repair a broken special education program, they haven't said how they will compensate hundreds of children who were harmed.
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November 14, 2018
Are special education reforms moving too slowly? Chicago monitor responds to criticism.
"There’s been a lot of broken trust between parents and schools, parents and central office, parents and administrators," Chicago schools special education monitor says
Fixing Special Education
November 9, 2018
Parents finally get an update about special education reform at Chicago schools
The letter encourages parents with questions to contact an independent monitor the state appointed to oversee reforms for three years.
November 7, 2018
School funding, pensions, pre-K: Here are 8 education issues J.B. Pritzker will face as governor
Steinmetz High School in northwest Chicago, where Emily Jade Aguilar graduated last year, had just four school counselors. In a school of more…
November 2, 2018
In New York City schools, 40,000 students aren’t getting required special education services, report finds
NYC has roughly 224,000 students with special needs — a population larger than Houston’s entire public school system.
October 25, 2018
Lawyer in landmark Endrew F. special education case wins national honor
The Denver lawyer who argued the landmark Endrew F. special education case will be honored by a national disability rights group.
October 22, 2018
Rise & Shine: Voters in 13 states to consider ballot initiatives tied to education this November
TESTED Families talked about the SHSAT, used for admissions decisions at the city’s specialized high schools, prior to taking the test over the…
October 19, 2018
Newark’s North Star Academy charter schools are cleared after discipline probe
New Jersey’s largest charter-school network did not violate state regulations when it disciplined students with disabilities, according to a state investigation triggered by an advocacy…
October 16, 2018
In one Chicago neighborhood, three high schools offer dramatically different opportunities
This story is part of a partnership between Chalkbeat and the nonprofit investigative news organization ProPublica. Using federal data from Miseducation, an interactive database built…
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