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Special education funding change raises concerns

A subtle change to special education funding rules could have big implications. Under federal law, school districts are not allowed to reduce special education funding from one year to the next unless they receive a waiver from the U.S. Department…
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Education Department announces new special education centers grants

More than $5 million will be disbursed to 19 centers to support and assist parents of students enrolled in special education services, the U.S. Department of Education announced August 12. With the announcement, the department now funds 91 Parent Training
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Judge rules in favor of law student who is blind

Deanna Jones, a third-year student at Vermont Law School, is allowed to use a laptop with certain electronic screen reading programs to take a test required for her to practice  law in her home state, a judge ruled August 2.…
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DOE to delay South Carolina special education funding punishment

In the latest twist in an ongoing dispute with the Obama Administration and South Carolina over special education funding, the U.S. Department of Education will postpone for a year planned cuts of $36 million to special education services in South…
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Bill introduced to increase special education funding

When Congress approved the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act in 1975, Congress committed to paying 40 percent of nationwide special education costs. That threshold has never been met. In fiscal year 2011, the federal government authorized $11.5 billion in special…
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High Court pushes back against police powers in schools

The Supreme Court expanded Miranda protections for juveniles June 16 in a case with potentially significant implications for children with disabilities, whom regularly are disciplined at a disproportionately high rate in schools nationwide. The case centers on a 13-year-old boy…
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Lawsuit charges discrimination in Philadelphia schools

Four parents of children with autism filed a class action lawsuit June 20 against the Philadelphia School District, charging that its policy forcing children with autism to transfer to multiple schools during their elementary and middle school years constitutes discrimination.…
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DOJ intervenes in student diabetes case

The Department of Justice filed an amicus brief June 7 on behalf of a boy with diabetes who filed a discrimination lawsuit against his school in Kentucky after it refused to train non-medical personnel to assist him with his insulin…
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Complaint against Milwaukee voucher plan

Disability Rights Wisconsin, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Wisconsin filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division today, charging that the nation’s most extensive school voucher program discriminates against students with…