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May 9, 2018
Colorado schools gave out nearly 1,800 suspensions to young students with disabilities last year
A Chalkbeat analysis shows that in Colorado last year, special education students in kindergarten through second grade received a disproportionate number of suspensions.
May 4, 2018
Week in review: Would ‘special education’ by any other name be the same?
Most educators working in urban schools know that many of their students face challenges at home. But a $3 million grant from…
May 3, 2018
Detroit district board votes to change name of ‘special education,’ but not everyone agrees it’s ‘exceptional’
The Detroit board of education wants to change the name to give special needs students more "dignity."
Rounding a corner
May 2, 2018
After two rocky weeks, Tennessee testing settles down for the homestretch
Students tackling online state exams relish a stretch of normalcy this week after days of technical problems with TNReady.
Special education reorganization
April 26, 2018
Only 33 black students with disabilities in Denver met expectations on state tests
Officials revealed those shockingly low numbers as further justification for a previously proposed reorganization of the special education department.
April 16, 2018
Let’s solve the right problems for Detroit’s students with disabilities — not recycle old ones
I’ve spent 25 years both studying and actively trying to improve schools for students with disabilities. Segregated settings aren't the answer.
blessing and a curse
April 11, 2018
Tales from inside Colorado’s teacher shortage: housing for horses and recruiters without interviews
With some Colorado school districts desperate to fill jobs in science, math and special education, sought-after candidates got the hard sell at a recent job fair.
April 3, 2018
Here’s how Richard Carranza handled Houston’s special education crisis and what it could mean for New York City
Houston officials had “enthusiastically embraced” the state’s arbitrary limit on the proportion of students who could could receive special education services.
March 29, 2018
Experts question Detroit district chief’s wish to create new schools for kids with special needs
On the carpet inside a language arts class, three boys quietly play a word game with their teacher. In the same room, on…
March 20, 2018
Denver parents worry budget changes will hurt students with special needs, despite district assurances
“The improvements that they’re proposing to make, they’re all great. But don’t do it on the backs of kids with special needs.”
By the numbers
March 1, 2018
Indiana still has the nation’s largest voucher program. But growth is slowing down.
More than 35,000 Hoosier students receive vouchers to help pay for private school tuition.
(Very) early education
February 26, 2018
Michigan’s governor wants to catch young students before they fall behind
Federal money currently pays for that program, but for the first time, Gov. Rick Snyder wants to add $5 million more in state funds to make it available to more families.
February 13, 2018
How well does your school serve students with disabilities? A proposed law in New York City would make that clear.
Citywide, more than a quarter of students with disabilities only receive some of the services they’re entitled to — or none at all.
February 13, 2018
Judge: Douglas County schools must pay private school tuition for student at center of special education lawsuit
Endrew F.'s parents had sought reimbursement from the Douglas County School District for their son’s education at a private school for students with autism.
How I Teach
February 7, 2018
Lessons from the school store: How this special education teacher sets up students for an independent future
A special education teachers talks about how the school store helps students prepare for the future and why there’s no stigma when lessons are repeated in her classroom.
February 5, 2018
Tennessee’s special education population is changing under its new academic intervention program
State education leaders hail a personalized learning program launched in 2014 for improved equity statewide and a decrease in special education referrals.
January 12, 2018
More money for poor students and cuts to central office: A first look at the Denver school district’s budget plan
Most of the staff reductions would occur in the centrally funded special education department.
model of inclusion
December 14, 2017
New York City is placing students with disabilities in mainstream classes. But do they actually feel included?
Feelings of inclusion vary widely by disability type.
December 8, 2017
How to pay for special education is a growing concern across Michigan
Currently, schools are required to provide students with special services and therapies but are only funded for a fraction of their expenses.
December 6, 2017
To help students with disabilities transition to adulthood, New York City is opening new resource hubs in every borough
Each of the five centers are scheduled to be open by the end of next school year.
Detroit Story Booth
November 22, 2017
Why one woman thinks special education reform can’t happen in isolation
This student advocate believes "How was your day in school" is the most important question to ask.
November 21, 2017
New York City school workforce grows, driven by 40 percent rise in teaching assistants
Since 2007, the education department has added about 10,200 employees, the majority of them teaching assistants.
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 English…
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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 struggling…
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 ran…
February 6, 2017
For Jeffco students with special needs enrolled at schools slated for closure, more questions than answers
The Jeffco school district might take up to a month to find a location for the center programs from five schools that could close if the board approves a district plan.
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.
Vouch for this
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.
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