Category Archives: IDEA

Federal Guidance on Special Education Dispute Resolution Options

A recent Dear Colleague letter from the U.S. Department of Education warns school districts against filing due process complaints concerning issues that are part of state complaints filed by parents. The letter emphasizes the importance of following Individuals with Disabilities … Continue reading

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Department of Education Releases Final Maintenance of Effort Rule

On April 28, the U.S. Department of Education published final regulations that clarify a school district’s responsibility to maintain a constant level of financial support for the education of children with disabilities.

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New Federal Guidance on Bullying of Students with Disabilities

On October 21, the U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights issued new bullying guidance to schools. The Dear Colleague letter builds on previous guidance to further clarify schools’ responsibilities to respond to bullying of students with disabilities when it … Continue reading

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Autism Diagnostic Information Brief

This new resource from the IRIS Center compares the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) definition of autism with the diagnostic criteria from the DSM-5 and DSM-IV-TR. Download the brief>>>

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New IRIS Center Resource

The IRIS Center has posted a new resource designed to help faculty members embed IRIS materials into teacher licensure programs. “Curriculum Matrices” are charts that include components of undergraduate and graduate special education and blended programs and corresponding evidence-based resources … Continue reading

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New Reports on Dropout Prevention for Students with Disabilities

The National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities has published two new publications: Decreasing Dropout Rates for Minority Male Youth with Disabilities from Culturally and Ethnically Diverse Backgrounds and A Literature Map of Dropout Prevention Interventions for Students with … Continue reading

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New Special Education Accountability System Announced

The U.S. Department of Education announced a new Results-Driven Accountability plan that will be used to measure the effectiveness of state special education programs. States will be evaluated both on procedural compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) … Continue reading

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U.S. Department of Education Seeks Input on Significant Disproportionality

The U.S. Department of Education is requesting input on action it should take to address significant disproportionality based on race or ethnicity in special education, specifically disproportionality in: identification of children with disabilities, placement in particular settings, and in type … Continue reading

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New Bullying Prevention Guidance from the U.S. Department of Education

On August 20, 2013, the U.S. Department of Education released a new Dear Colleague letter outlining school districts’ responsibilities to address bullying of students with disabilities. The new guidance states that bullying of students with disabilities that prevents them from … Continue reading

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Education Department Releases New Dispute Resolution Guidance

A new Q&A document published in July 2013 by the U.S. Department of Education provides updates to three previous memos on dispute resolution procedures under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The Q&A covers mediations, state … Continue reading

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