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November 14, 2018
Are special education reforms moving too slowly? Chicago monitor responds to criticism.
"There’s been a lot of broken trust between parents and schools, parents and central office, parents and administrators," Chicago schools special education monitor says
Fixing Special Education
November 9, 2018
Parents finally get an update about special education reform at Chicago schools
The letter encourages parents with questions to contact an independent monitor the state appointed to oversee reforms for three years.
November 7, 2018
School funding, pensions, pre-K: Here are 8 education issues J.B. Pritzker will face as governor
Steinmetz High School in northwest Chicago, where Emily Jade Aguilar graduated last year, had just four school counselors. In a school of more…
November 2, 2018
In New York City schools, 40,000 students aren’t getting required special education services, report finds
NYC has roughly 224,000 students with special needs — a population larger than Houston’s entire public school system.
October 25, 2018
Lawyer in landmark Endrew F. special education case wins national honor
The Denver lawyer who argued the landmark Endrew F. special education case will be honored by a national disability rights group.
October 22, 2018
Rise & Shine: Voters in 13 states to consider ballot initiatives tied to education this November
TESTED Families talked about the SHSAT, used for admissions decisions at the city’s specialized high schools, prior to taking the test over the…
October 19, 2018
Newark’s North Star Academy charter schools are cleared after discipline probe
New Jersey’s largest charter-school network did not violate state regulations when it disciplined students with disabilities, according to a state investigation triggered by an advocacy…
October 16, 2018
In one Chicago neighborhood, three high schools offer dramatically different opportunities
This story is part of a partnership between Chalkbeat and the nonprofit investigative news organization ProPublica. Using federal data from Miseducation, an interactive database built…
October 5, 2018
Rise & Shine: How New York City is failing special education students
A LIFT: Nearly a dozen new charter schools were approved to open in the city over the next three years, as the total…
October 3, 2018
How will Chicago schools improve special education after state takeover? Parents haven’t heard.
Parents of children with special needs say they haven’t heard yet from Chicago Public Schools about how it plans to enact education improvements prompted by…
September 12, 2018
In latest move, Gates Foundation looks to help — and learn from — charters serving students with disabilities
The foundation has made four grants in recent months focused on helping charter schools better serve students with disabilities.
August 30, 2018
Students with disabilities improperly suspended at Newark’s largest charter school network, complaint says
A new complaint alleges that North Star Academy suspends a disproportionately high number of students with disabilities, violating their rights.
August 20, 2018
VIDEO: How a Detroit special education advocate tries to help parents
This special education advocate said parents have to be sure to document everything, and stay calm — no matter what.
August 6, 2018
State investigation: Denver violated federal rules, delayed services to students with disabilities
The investigation was prompted by a complaint filed on behalf of several Denver students.
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August 6, 2018
Watch this Detroit student read his poem about teachers who thought his differences were ADHD
This Detroiter's poem deals with how his teachers treated him when they thought he had ADHD or autism.
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