Category Archives: Featured

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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Evidence-Based Practices and Programs Training Modules

The IRIS Center has released three new training modules on selecting, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based practices and programs. The series helps professionals identify appropriate programs and implement them with fidelity. Evidence-Based Practices (Part 1):Identifying and Selecting a Practice or Program … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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Summary of State Seclusion & Restraint Laws and Policies

A new report summarizes each state’s laws  related to seclusion and restraint and provides summaries of trends in these policies across the nation. The report was written by Jessica Butler and published by the Autism National Committee. Read the report>>>

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Annual Report on IDEA

On December 23rd, OSEP released its 30th Annual Report to Congress on the Implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

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