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Lost in Translation
January 9, 2019
Parents with limited English can get lost without translations of special ed plans. NYC is trying to fix that.
“It’s an evolution of the services we’re providing in the translation unit,” said Kleber Palma, an education department official.
sorting the students
December 21, 2018
Want a charter school application? If your child has a disability, your questions more likely to be ignored, study finds
In a sweeping national “mystery shopper” experiment, researchers posing as parents sent emails to thousands of schools asking how to apply for admission. Some messages…
November 29, 2018
Success Academy illegally changes special education services without parent input, complaint claims
The complaint alleges a pattern of school officials unilaterally changing special education placements without holding meetings with parents.
August 30, 2018
Students with disabilities improperly suspended at Newark’s largest charter school network, complaint says
A new complaint alleges that North Star Academy suspends a disproportionately high number of students with disabilities, violating their rights.
July 16, 2018
Regents use annual retreat to take stock of changes in testing, charter schools and more
The briefings served as a distillation of some top policy goals among the Board of Regents.
July 10, 2018
Success Academy parents accuse New York City of denying, delaying special education services in new lawsuit
The New York City education department is accused of routinely delaying and denying special education services to Success Academy students in the Bronx,…
regulation roll back
July 3, 2018
DeVos presses pause on special education rule, highlighting ongoing discrimination debate
The Department of Education halted a rule designed to stop students of color from being over-identified as having a disability wading into a complicated research dispute
June 20, 2018
Douglas County district pays $1.3 million to settle landmark special education case
Colorado's Douglas County School District has paid $1.32 million to settle a long-running special education case that led to a landmark ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.
June 12, 2018
City budget includes influx for school accessibility, social workers for homeless students
This week’s agreement includes more funding for some of the city’s most vulnerable students.
How I Teach
June 12, 2018
How the acting aspirations of a student with Down syndrome changed this theater teacher’s approach
This Colorado theater teacher talks about why she aims to reach a diverse set of students, how she builds rapport with students and what it means to be a “cookie person.”
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 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."
choosing your grad-venture
May 3, 2018
What should it take to graduate? Inside the growing divide over whether to require New York’s vaunted Regents exams
As the state reimagines graduation requirements, Chalkbeat examines their history, what they're like now, and how earning a diploma could change in the future.
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.
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.
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