Chicago Special Education Crisis?

In December 2017, the Education Committee of the Chicago City Council abruptly canceled a meeting on special education. Alderman. Susan Sadlowski-Garza (10th) branded the cancellation a “cover-up” engineered by mayoral allies to avoid embarrassing Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Chicago Public Schools apparently have 181 special education staff vacancies creating serious problems for special education students in… Read More

Shortfall in trained special education staff leads to violations at school district

The Shawnee Mission School District in Kansas must submit an action plan to the state after an investigator found the district did not provide the required amount of federally required services for some individual disabled or gifted students earlier this school year. The problems were for 30 students (2600 students receive special education services and… Read More

Principal sues school board and superintendent over special education violations in Connecticut

Former Torrington, Connecticut Middle School Principal Valerie Bruneau sued the Board of Education and Superintendent alleging that the district discriminated against and violated the rights of special education students during her tenure, including by not providing required paraprofessionals, then illegally fired her as retaliation for reporting the issue. The school was supposed to provide 25… Read More

Massachusetts school district faces special education funding shortfall but plans to build more facilities

Pentucket Regional School District in Massachusetts faces a $646,000 spending gap due to mandatory special education spending combined with a shortfall in state funds to cover them. Of course, building plans proceed because they are a different pot of money. Is your local special education program adequately funded? If there is a shortfall, what happens?… Read More

Minnesota Legislative Action Coalition targets Special Education subsidies

The Hopkins Public Schools’ Legislative Action Coalition is proposing a legislative platform to: “unburdening public schools of duplication, outmoded reporting methods and archaic regulations that take much-needed dollars away from Minnesota students.” Except for special education students, it seems: The platform aims to reduce the state share of the special education cross-subsidy – the amount of general… Read More

Trump Administration targets Special Needs Kids rescinding 99 policy documents

Attorney General Sessions scrapped 25 guidance documents related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) going back to 1995 today (8 January 2018). Education Secretary DeVos rescinded 72 policy documents related to special needs kids on 21 October 2017. Sessions called the revoked documents “improper or unnecessary” and said they were outdated or went beyond… Read More