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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 [...]

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 [...]

What The Indiana Department Of Education Says About Seclusion Rooms

Ohio limits the use of seclusion rooms in mental institutes and children’s residential facilities, but not in public schools, writes StateImpact Ohio‘s Molly Bloom and The Columbus Dispatch‘s Jennifer Smith Richards: Some teachers say that seclusion rooms are effective tools when used properly. No law governs seclusion rooms, and the Ohio Department of Education has provided little guidance [...]

How Much Raising The Debt Ceiling Could Cost Indiana Schools If Deal Isn't Reached

The American Association for School Principals released a report Tuesday detailing how schools are bracing for the possibility of across the board federal spending cuts, writes Alyson Klein for Education Week: Of those surveyed, 69.4 percent are betting they’ll have to cut professional development, and 58.1 percent say they’d expect to cut enrichment, after-school, and [...]

Indianapolis Student Bridges Deaf And Hearing Culture

When she was less than two years old, the Katters decided to teach their daughter sign language and enroll her in classes at the Indiana School for the Deaf (ISD) in Indianapolis. Neither of Margaret Katter’s parents is deaf, but her mom is a speech language pathologist and her aunt is an audiologist. “All along [...]

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