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For States Struggling To Keep Up, Cuts To Federal Special Education Funding Won't Be Permanent

After receiving a certificate of completion from DeKalb High School, Tori Tackett says he decided to attend the CHOICE program to become more independent.

States whose spending on special education drops below the prior year’s level will still get hit with financial penalties, writes Alyson Klein for Education Week, but a tweak to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act will make the reduction in federal support temporary: Under maintenance of effort—or MOE, in wonky Washingtonspeak—states can’t cut their own […]

Why Parents Of Students With Dyslexia Say Indiana Schools Need To Rethink Reading

Alex Stein, 9, practices spelling with her tutor, Joyce Prill. Stein gets tutored twice a week because she has dyslexia, a language-based learning disability that can make reading and learning difficult.

When Jackie Stein saw her daughter struggling to learn to read, she asked Alex’s first grade teacher how she could help. The teacher’s response surprised her: Alex was developmentally appropriate. If the Steins were worried, they could work more with their daughter at home. So Jackie tried to help her daughter with reading. Alex continued […]

Lawmaker Says Indiana Needs Formal Rules Governing Seclusion Rooms

Sen. Randy Head (left, at podium) presents his legislation to members of the autism study committee Wednesday.

An Indiana lawmaker says the state needs to address the use of seclusion and restraint in public schools, reports Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith. Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport, told members of the autism study committee that last year teachers used duct tape to restrain a student with special needs. He says the medical community and […]

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