In this article, Irina discusses how parents of students who are on the Autism spectrum can best advocate for an appropriate school setting for their child. Irina explains the difference between the recommended program and the school placement, and what this means for students with ASD.
Parents in Baltimore's Howard County are hoping that a new bill before the State legislature will make it easier for parents to appeal a school's decision not to let their child leave a program they feel isn't working. The bill seeks to shift more of the burden of proof in due process hearings from the parents to the school.
A new measure being proposed in Texas would hold the Stateresponsible for paying for special needs students to change schools if they aren't being adequately helped in their current placement. The bill is deigned to ensure that special needs students with IEPs who are in consistently underperforming schools are able to transfer to schools that are better equipped to handle their needs. However some are raising concerns that the measure will absolve low-performance schools of their responsibility to improve their programming.
New report by the Civil Rights Project highlights the disparities in the rates in which students with disabilities and students from disadvantaged backgrounds are suspended in public schools. Students with disabilities were found to be suspended at a rate of roughly two times higher than the general population in both elementary and secondary schools. Interestingly, when sorting for sub-groups the breakdown of students with disabilities into other minority categories, the report found that black males have the highest risk for suspension, followed by Latino males and black females. The report highlights how these disparities are a profound matter of civil rights and social justice that need to be addressed.
This NYTimes article analyzes how De Blasio's policy will impact public school budgets across the city, focusing on the cost of litigation and the Department of Education's seeming inability to manage the rising number of families seeking provisions for students with special educational needs.