Special Education

The state of the states includes New York’s new school disciplinary rules, Texas telling autism support teachers in Houston to take a hike, and Maine getting a new special education bachelor’s degree.

Only 1 in 3 NYC schools are fully accessible to students with physical disabilities, report says Inaccessible school buildings are a barrier for students with physical disabilities, leaving children with few — or even zero — nearby school options.

Federal Judge Orders NYC to Fix Special Ed Quagmire Families owed money might just get paid.

New York Approves New Rules Limiting Restraint, Seclusion in Schools It also clarified that corporal punishment is banned in all schools. That means you, private schools.

Special education school in Washington accused of harming kids barred from new admissions When a state investigation unearths “unacceptably high” levels of physical restraints and students isolated in locked rooms, you know things are bad.

Special education teachers in Connecticut voice concerns amid statewide teacher shortage Hundreds of open positions reflect growing challenges. Can a new task force help solve them?

What’s next for Rhode Island students after multiple specialized schools close? It’s not good, and it’s happening in no small part due to staffing shortages.

Houston School Superintendent Tells Autism Support Teachers to Find a New Job The cuts effectively mean a program for autistic students is losing needed support in the classroom.

Louisiana looking to close achievement gaps for students with disabilities The state puts the possibility of taking control of a district’s special ed program on its bingo card.

Crisis averted: Minnesota teacher-license plan gets federal approval, preserving $219 million in special education funding  The plan resolves the complaint that Minnesota lets teachers without sufficient training to teach special ed.

New program aims to fill the special education teacher shortage in Maine A new bachelor’s degree in special education at the Univ. of Southern Maine.

More than a ‘disability person’. What finishing school is like for youth with intellectual disability This just-published article is from Australia, but its findings should be of interest to all.

Charter Schools Leave Students With Disabilities Far Behind Charter schools are failing students with disabilities.

Secondary Ed for Students with Intellectual Disabilities Gets New Accreditation Council It was created through the U.S. Dept. of Ed-funded Think College.

Racial Disparities Increase in Special Ed Part One of this series looks at why racial disparities are increasing, and Part Two focuses on solutions.

Schools could be getting millions more from Medicaid. Why aren’t they? In May new guidance was announced that can massively expand payments for healthcare in schools — but only if schools and states step up. (NPR.org)

Welcoming All Learners: Parents Urge Catholic Schools to Serve Students With Special Needs About 15% of students nationwide have special needs requiring intervention, but in Catholic schools, the figure is about 7.5%.


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