CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 21: Five-year-old Juan Carlos Ordonez gets a hug from his mother as she meets him after school at the Jean De Lafayette Elementary School where he attends the low incidence special education program on March 21, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. Low incidence special education Programs are educational programs for students with Autism or severe and profound disabilities. About 170 of Lafayette's 480 students are in the low incidence program. The school is one of 50 schools slated to be closed by the city. The school district says it needs to close under-enrolled schools to address a looming $1 billion budget deficit. Opponents of the closings are accusing the city of targeting schools primarily in minority neighborhoods. The student population at Lafayette is around 60 percent Hispanic and 35 percent black.
The fight in the court’s about the discriminatory effects of this on special education students and on African-American students, and hopefully the courts will act on that sooner, rather than later.
Do they intend to eliminate the entire National Institutes of Health? That wouldn’t be enough to achieve their proposed cut ... Do they plan to eliminate all funding for special education, Title I, after-school centers, and teacher quality? Again, that wouldn’t be enough to achieve their proposed cut.
Salisbury School needs to be congratulated for challenging calling into question the government’s entire decision-making process around the future of special education and not giving up on the interests of its students and their families.More quotes »
Nassau comptroller: Special ed program needs better oversight
County's $115 million Preschool Special Education Program is inadequately overseen, says an audit by County Comptroller George Maragos."This program provides essential services to our preschool children [ages 3-5] with special needs," Maragos said in a statement. 5/22/13 Read more »
Lindenhurst School District could lay off 100 special ed aides
employed by the district, a tremendous number that is out of proportion to student needs.These kids are our lives, one special education aide told officials as the audience cheered. And if you take us away from these children, that is a greater harm.The district Read more »
Southampton School District to appoint new superintendent today
to the districts administration on topics that included staff accountability, common core curriculum alignment and special education practices.Before his consulting position, he worked as an assistant superintendent and high school principal in the Garnet Read more »
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Study: Minority Students Less Like to Be Identified With Autism
information collected by the federal government from 1998 to 2006 on the race and disability category of students in special education. Using that information, the researchers were able to calculate a "risk index," or the percentage of all enrolled students 10:40 AM from Education Week Read more »
Briarwood special ed teacher saved students’ lives
the wedge-shaped funnel cloud was destroying every home in its path and speeding toward Briarwood Elementary, special education teacher Paula Fauble was cramming her students into a small hallway between two bathrooms. She and three other teachers covered 5/22/13 from KOCO Oklahoma City Read more »
Brentwood: Loma Vista teacher cleared in child abuse complaint, returned to classroom
-- The Loma Vista Elementary School special education teacher who was placed on administrative leave this week has been returned to her classroom by Brentwood Union School District officials. She and Loma Vista Principal Lauri James were placed on leave after 5/22/13 from Contra Costa Times Read more »
Texas Teacher Wins $10,000 Classroom Makeover from Hertz Furniture
supplier, has announced the winner of its recent ‘We Are Teachers’ $10,000 Classroom Makeover Contest. The grand prize goes to special education teacher Selena Stair of Texas, whose name was picked at random from among thousands of entrants. As part of her from Emediawire.com Read more »
The promise of iPads for special ed
Neil Virani walked into his middle school special education classroom at Mulholland Middle School, part of the LA Unified School district, three years ago, he encountered a roomful of students with a range of cognitive, emotional and physical challenges. But from Hechinger Foundation Read more »