Special Education

Just in Time: a Resource Hub on Remote Learning for Special Education Students – On Special Education

Nearly 30 disability rights and education advocacy organizations have launched EducatingAllLearners.org, a resource hub and online network designed to answer questions and provide insight about remote learning for special education students during the coronavirus crisis.

Despite the difficulty schools may face in offering online instruction during the pandemic, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has reaffirmed that districts must provide special education services and supply students with disabilities equal access to the same opportunities.

But keeping services flowing for special education students has been difficult. Confusion over guidance from the U.S. Department of Education and fear of violating federal

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Education Groups Seek Over $200 Billion in New Coronavirus Emergency Aid – Politics K-12

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Schools need upwards of $200 billion in new aid to help them deal with the coronavirus, several education groups, including the two national teachers’ unions, have told congressional leaders—well above their previous request for emergency help. 

The Monday letter to Capitol Hill says that in addition to at least $175 billion in state stabilization funding for K-12 budgets, Title I programs for disadvantaged students should get a $12 billion boost, and special education should get a fresh $13 billion in funding. And the 12 organizations reiterated previous demands that Congress

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How to Handle IEPs During the Coronavirus Crisis? Some Expert Advice – On Special Education

The federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act outlines specific requirements for identifying and educating children with disabilities, but the coronavirus crisis has sparked fierce debate over how adaptable the law is to a world where online education may be the only option.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has instructed school districts that federal law should not be used as a cover to prevent them from offering online learning to students with disabilities. However, experts say, that guidance and fact sheets from the federal government have offered little direction on the topic beyond encouraging parents, educators, and administrators to

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Fierce Debate as DeVos Weighs Schools’ Obligations to Students With Disabilities – Politics K-12

A provision in the massive coronavirus stimulus bill President Donald Trump signed into law last week has set off a fierce debate between schools, education groups, and advocates for students with disabilities: It gives U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos 30 days to tell Congress if she needs additional authority to waive parts of the nation’s primary special education law.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act outlines an array of specific requirements for identifying, supporting, and equitably educating children with disabilities. As schools around the country have shuttered their buildings to slow the spread of the coronavirus, they’ve reported

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