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President Obama Signs Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

On July 22, 2014, President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014. The Act includes provisions to increase competitive employment for individuals with disabilities, including youth.

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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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School Discipline Report Released

The Council of State Governments Justice Center recently released the School Discipline Consensus Report, a set of recommendations to improve school discipline policies. The report draws on research and experts’ practical experience to develop strategies to keep more students in … Continue reading

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Improving Educational Outcomes for Children in Foster Care

The U.S. Department of Education released guidance and a new web page focused on the unique needs of foster care students. Read the press release>>>

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Office for Civil Rights (OCR) Releases New Guidance for Schools to Address Sexual Violence and Other Forms of Sex Discrimination

On April 29, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released new guidance for colleges, universities and public schools to address sexual violence and other forms of sex discrimination.  The new guidance describes the responsibilities of these … Continue reading

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Ensuring Equal Access to Schools

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder released updated guidance to assist public schools ensure enrollment processes fulfill their obligation to provide all children equal access to an education, regardless of immigration status. Read the full … Continue reading

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Statement by U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on National Assessment of Educational Progress 12th-grade reading and math results

“Despite the highest high school graduation rate in our history, and despite growth in student achievement over time in elementary school and middle school, student achievement at the high school level has been flat in recent years. Just as troubling, … Continue reading

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Disability Rights History

Ed Roberts was a disability rights pioneer and advocated for education access, independent living, and employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Learn more by watching this Disability Awareness Month video from the U.S. Department of Education and reading more at … Continue reading

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Racial Disparities in School Discipline

On March 21, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights released  data about the racial disparities in school discipline policies beginning as early as preschool. The public can also search the online database to access state, local, … Continue reading

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