Press "Enter" to skip to content

Posts tagged as “SpecialEd”

Sent home early: Lost learning in special education

Sarah Butrymowicz, The Hechinger Report |

This year, millions of students have had their schooling curtailed, prompting serious discussions about the effects of lost learning time. But a subset of students in special education has been quietly plagued with this problem for decades, often with devastating consequences. Shortening the school day for students with disabilities as punishment for their behavior is illegal, experts say.

‘Disturbing reports’ about Seattle schools spark civil-rights probe by U.S. Department of Education

Hannah Furfaro, Dahlia Bazzaz, Seattle Times |

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is investigating Seattle Public Schools after “disturbing reports” about how the district handled special education during the coronavirus pandemic.

In a letter sent to Superintendent Denise Juneau this week, department officials cite concerns that some students went without specialized instruction — and some teachers weren’t allowed to provide it.

Complaints prompt federal investigation into special education in Indiana during pandemic

Stephanie Wang, Chalkbeat Indiana |

Federal investigators are examining whether Indiana has failed to provide appropriate special education services through remote learning during the pandemic.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights opened the investigation this week because of multiple complaints filed with the state that schools’ virtual learning plans did not include individualized services for students with disabilities.

Parents, advocacy groups sue California, say remote learning leaves some children behind

San Francisco Chronicle |

Parents and advocacy groups filed a lawsuit Monday against the State of California stating that it failed to meet a “constitutional obligation” to ensure equality in remote education during the coronavirus pandemic.

The lawsuit — filed by seven California families and advocacy groups Community Coalition and The Oakland REACH — demanded that California be held accountable for the quality of education provided in under-served communities and that it allow parents to be at the center of a plan to address inequities across the state.

Rubric for Recovery: Tightening budgets, litigation add to pandemic special ed pressures

Education Dive |

For some students with disabilities, remote learning has revealed a preferred learning style free of classmate distractions and the academic pressures of comparing themselves to peers without disabilities. Some students with anxiety disorders, those who were bullied in school, those struggling with executive functioning skills, and those who are both gifted and qualify for special education have said distance learning is working well for them, according to teachers and parents.

Skip to content