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Texas plans to pour hundreds of millions of dollars into fixing the state's beleaguered special-education system. As The Houston Chronicle reports, the Texas Education Agency plans to spend nearly $212 million over the next five years to help students with special needs. The news comes in the wake of ... Money
DAVENPORT, Ia. (KWQC) - An audit completed by the Iowa Department of Education determined several areas of the the Davenport Community School District's special education program are "out of compliance." According to the report, seven areas are out of compliance with the Individuals ... schools

A week ago Schwegler says the Urbandale CSD notified her that her fourth grade son Joey, who is autistic, will be forced to switch schools and attend Webster Elementary along with other level three special education students next school year. He's been here since Pre-K. He's grown up with these kids.
The Patchogue-Medford School District plans to revamp their special education programming through an enhancement plan by providing more support and more training for teachers. The initiative will be included in the 2018-19 budget with additional support to help transition special education ...
Ms. Mulkern, who was known as Teddy, was one of many advocates who helped create the state's special education law, Chapter 766. She also formerly chaired the state Department of education's Regional Advisory Council for special education. As an administrator or teacher, she led by example. special education teacher

The effort is intended to allow the special education students to attend the same high school prom as their peers, at no cost. Faculty donate money to cover the cost of tickets for the students and arrange for donations of flowers and corsages through a staff member's mother, who is a florist. They gather ...
A group of Windsor parents, including D'Angelo, launched the new committee called ACE It 25 in January as part of an effort to create an organization that is sensitive to the issues facing families with children in special education programs, D'Angelo said. In the 1990s, the group was called the ... School
For this round of Education Lab IQ (Interesting Questions), we're investigating your questions about how special education works in Washington, ... When national consultants met with district staff that same year, they heard four different versions of how parent complaints about special education ...
Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson knows the public's trust in the district needs to be repaired after a state investigation into its special education programming, but she's asking for community support as they attempt to fix "systemic problems." Jackson pledged to right the wrongs state ...
Jessica Brown. jbrown@dawsonnews.com. Updated: April 17, 2018, 8:47 p.m.. There was hardly a dry eye in the audience when, Hershel Bennett, director of the Exceptional Children program, took the podium at Monday night's board of education meeting. “Tonight's a big night for exceptional children. It's like our Oscars,” ...
It was preceded by a protest outside the administration building by special education advocates and ended in shouting and a call to the Grand Rapids Police Department over an alleged altercation between the head of school security, Larry Johnson and leader of the advocate group, Lily Cheng Schulting.
Several parents urged Park Ridge-Niles District 64 officials to rethink the scope of the now-underway audit of the district's special education programs to allow for a more thorough and independent assessment of the district's programs. Lisa Harrod, of LMT Consulting, will be paid no more than $15,000 to ...
“Since I am going into special education, I figured why not do something with that,” Thomson said. “It is basically our final for English class. We had to have 15 hours of community service and then have to make a presentation to a board of people. So when my event is done, I have to go make a presentation ...
Chicago Public Schools will provide about $60 million in additional funding to schools for the next academic year, an increase district officials said will cover salary increases for unionized teachers and restore a special education funding model that was abandoned amid much controversy in 2016.
Among other things, Hughes, Palmieri and their supporters hope the Illinois State Board of Education, which launched the probe, will appoint an “independent monitor” to oversee changes with special education at CPS. The state probe comes on the heels of a WBEZ investigation, which found that CPS had ...
“Our Minnesota school districts have had to find ways to cover the unfunded costs of special education for decades, and it places a huge burden on their already stressed budgets," said Brenda Cassellius, Minnesota Department of Education commissioner. "Our school districts tell us this is a priority, and we ...

WILTON — Ever since a report from the District Management Council came out in 2015, it's been a hot topic every budget season. That's because the report said the district can save about $2 million in special education costs through service and staff reductions. While Assistant Superintendent for Special ...
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHAM) - Parents of Special Education students in Rochester City Schools were able to meet the new leader of the program Thursday night. The Rochester City School District has been working to address concerns about its Special Education program after its leader, Theresa Wood, abruptly quit after ...
A consultant hired to audit the Vallejo school district's special education program had a stern message for the school board Wednesday night. “The time of not paying attention no longer can exist,” said William Gillaspie with the Roseville-based Educational Strategic Planning. Retained by the board in ...
During my 30 years as a special-education teacher, serving in three different districts, I spent thousands of dollars of my personal income to provide instructional materials for my students. Whenever the district purchased new curriculum, it was always for general-ed classrooms. When I asked if my ...
At a broader level, the school division is bringing in high-profile consultants to review its special education programming. Beginning this month, Anne Holton, the former Virginia Secretary of Education, and Adai Tefera, an assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, will spearhead a review of ...
Lawmakers tasked with crafting the state budget are seeking more detail about why the number of Delaware's special education students is growing so quickly. The state's special education student population has grown by 22 percent over the last five years to about 21,550 students – nearly four times the ...
MACOMB, Mich. (WXYZ) - “They deserve respect. They deserve equal treatment. They deserve to feel safe at school,” said Shelley Fraley of students with special needs. Fraley's nine-year-old son Owen has autism and is non-verbal. When he started coming home from school in tears this school year, she ...
In 1966, as the state's director of special education, Groos was responsible for implementing the 1957 Special Education Law that required education services be provided for children and youths with disabilities. Before then, school districts didn't have to serve children with disabilities. Visually impaired ...
The proposal comes as the Office for Civil rights investigates two allegations of misconduct against special education students in Pelham's public schools. Article 3 would authorize the Pelham School Board to convey an easement to Liberty Utilities in order to install an underground gas line under a portion ...
Rochester City School District special education chief Theresa Wood quit abruptly Monday after just two months on the job, saying: "My integrity would not allow me to continue." RCSD hired Wood effective Dec. 1, luring her out of retirement from special education administration in the New York State ...
During the budget workshop, the committee, Superintendent Chris Malone, and Assistant Superintendent Brenda Regan discussed the recent loss of grants, including part of a Title One grant, and their effect on the district. “It was targeted specifically for special education improvement... that's really been ...
GREENWICH — Greenwich Public Schools special education costs have skyrocketed this year, and are nearly $1 million over budget, according to district financial reports, due to numerous settlements and tuition for student placements at institutions outside the district. The school district budgeted $22.5 ...
Kenneth Cross has been hired as the director of special education in Trinity Area School District. The Trinity school board approved Cross's hiring at Thursday's board meeting. Cross replaces Dr. Pamela Wolosky, who retired in January. Cross's annual salary will be $106,500. No start date has been set.
As a student who received special education services in Frederick County Public Schools, Chaz Packan knows what programs that students go through. ... Packan, the newest candidate for the Frederick County Board of Education, said that if elected, he aims to advocate for special education programs that ...
Add special education costs to the list of things crippling California school district finances. State and federal funds for students with disabilities aren't keeping up with districts' increased special education costs, leading districts to put increasing amounts of their general fund towards those services. At San ...
Providing these services to him and the 130,000 Washington K-12 students who receive special education is undeniably expensive. It may seem too costly a burden for the state to bear until we consider the far greater costs of not educating students with disabilities in terms of increased school-dropout and ...
JACKSON, MI - Illness is causing the cancellation of all special education classes and programs operated by the Jackson County Intermediate School District on Friday, Feb. 2. This includes the Lyle Torrant and Kit Young centers, as well as the early childhood special education program in Jackson's Frost ...
In retaliation, school administrators and teachers pointed fingers at former Texas legislators for first suggesting a cap on special education to cut costs. Amid the political infighting, parents held both state leaders and school officials accountable for perpetuating a system that kept so many children from ...
In the spring of 2016, TEA pursued a deal with Georgia-based company SPEDx to both analyze how Texas schools serve students with disabilities and help create a long-term special education plan for the state. But critics questioned why such a significant deal was awarded to a relatively unknown ...
Montana shortchanges thousands of students with special needs, whether it's gifted students, special education students with disabilities or students at risk of ... last year that the Legislature's School Funding Interim Commission was concerned, especially about state funding for gifted and special education.
In order to meet increasing demands, the Little Elm ISD Board of Trustees approved the hiring of three special education paraprofessionals. During Monday's board meeting, Cortney Clover, executive director for special populations, said the student population has increased, driving the need for more ...
Rebecca Adams, a senior staff attorney for the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education, said special education costs in general are continuously rising across the state. But she has not noted a statewide trend in the past 15 years of more students needing to be placed out of their home districts.
The Lonedell R-XIV Board of Education participated in a board development workshop facilitated by the Missouri School Boards' Association Jan. 10. The workshop focused on what school boards need to know about special education. The training discussed the provisions of special education laws and ...
At its latest meeting on Jan. 17, San Dieguito Union High School District's special education task force reviewed the results of a student, staff and parent survey on the special education program. The Hanover Research survey's greatest discrepancies came between special education parents and staff's ...
Kunin noted that the district also has experienced an increase in federally mandated out-of-district placements for special education needs that cannot be met by district personnel. Reviewing other numbers, Kunin said the district's overall enrollment dropped by 36 students this year, from 3,031 in 2016-17 ...
Jean Gearhart gives a tearful statement with her husband Troy Gearhart to the panel about her special needs child. U.S. Department of Education officials held a meeting in Edinburg on their tour of Texas to hear community members' experiences with special education. Eddie Seal for The Texas Tribune.
HELENA – A former Capital High School special education teacher is accused of raping of an underage boy. According to a complaint filed in court Tuesday by the Helena Police Department, Rene Carter is charged with felony sexual intercourse without consent. In the document, police accuse her of ...
Wednesday letters: Special education, rejecting coal, Alley Theatre .... the equivalent of administrator salaries, reduce the student-teacher ratio and provide teachers with paid teachertraining so they can implement reliable and validated interventions or support services for our special education students.
About 50 minutes before midnight, parents pressure the panel of representatives from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) and the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to extend a hearing about special education Dec. 15, 2016, in Austin.
Patti Pace-Tracy, director of Davenport Community School District special education, and other members of the staff speak to Davenport School Board .... Facing a rare state audit of the Davenport Community School District's special education program, administrators spent hours Wednesday explaining the ...
I teach in a 100 percent special education school in Springfield. My students have emotional disabilities which often create situations similar to the “chaos” at Bridge Street School described in Thursday's Gazette (“Union alleges chaos at Bridge Street School”). At my school, this “chaotic” environment is part ...
Morath said he was on a mission from God to bring change to the education system in a September 2014 D Magazine article, but a Houston Chronicle investigation in September 2016 reported that Texas school districts had capped the percentage of disabled students receiving special education services ...
Penny Schwinn, the Texas Education Agency's deputy commissioner of academics, is a finalist for a job as Massachusetts education commissioner — a month after a special education contract she spearheaded took a nosedive. According to a release from Massachusetts' state education agency, Schwinn ...


 

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