U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights Releases New Resources on Students with Disabilities

On February 20, 2024, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released four new resources today with information for students, parents and families, and schools addressing civil rights of students with disabilities, as well as a data snapshot about education access for students with disabilities drawn from…

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USDE Provides Valuable Resources to Help Schools Ensure Disabled Students Receive AT

Schools are responsible for ensuring students, families, and educators know how assistive technology (AT) works. In fact, students’ IEP teams must consider how it will be integrated with other therapies and interventions. If teams determine that a student needs assistive technology services, those supports must be stated in their IEP…

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OIG: Waiver Process for 1% Cap on Alternate Assessment ‘Appropriate’

The federal process for approving state waiver requests to exceed a 1% cap on the number of students with significant cognitive disabilities who take alternate assessments is "generally appropriate" according to an Office of Inspector General (OIG) report.  The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE), however, has room…

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USDE Guidance Document Spurs Some States & Districts to Clarify Special Ed. Rules for Informal Removals

States and school districts are taking steps to ensure that “informal removals,” in which school days are shortened to address behavior issues for students with disabilities, do not violate civil and educational rights. In 2022, the U.S. Education Department (USDE) released guidance regarding "shortened days" that avers they are subject…

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HHS and USDE Release Policy Statement for Including Young Children with Disabilities with Non-disabled Peers

According to an updated policy statement released by the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Education (USDE) released on November 28, 2023, 55% of preschoolers with disabilities get special education services in classrooms separate from their peers. It goes on to say that young children with disabilities should…

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With Less than Half of States Reporting, Child Medicaid Disenrollments Exceed 2M

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, with only 21 states reporting, over 2 million children were disenrolled from Medicaid in those 21 states as of November 14th. Overall, and as predicted by researchers, about 70% of those disenrollments occurred because of procedural reasons (e.g., states having outdated contact information for…

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USDE: 2020-21 Data Reveals “Stark Inequalities,” Serious Inequities,” and “Unacceptable” Disparities

In a Wednesday, November 15, 2023 press conference, U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona expressed strong concerns regarding analyses of the national data collection from the 2020-21 school year through the U.S. Education Department’s (USDE) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) Data Collection. The data from the mandatory survey of preK-12 public…

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