Policy Updates & Resources

April 2019 Policy News Round-Up

  New GAO Report on Special Education Evaluation Shows Variation in Eligibility Criteria Across States A new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) set out to examine the special education evaluation process. The report found variation among states in the percentage of students served under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). While nationwide, … Continue reading April 2019 Policy News Round-Up

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Civics Education and the Preservation of Disability and Civil Rights

Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) speaks about his experiences during the Civil Rights Movement to the NCLD Young Adult Leadership Council with other advocates. “Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.”   —President Franklin D. Roosevelt When President Roosevelt made this … Continue reading Civics Education and the Preservation of Disability and Civil Rights

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A Tale of Two Schools: Inclusive Culture Created With Purpose

It can be difficult to educate students with disabilities in an innovative and effective way. But NCLD recently visited two very different schools that were doing just that. These schools serve two very different populations, in two different parts of the country. We found an important commonality, though: an inclusive culture that was created with … Continue reading A Tale of Two Schools: Inclusive Culture Created With Purpose

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Significant Disproportionality: What Happens Now?

There is finally some good news on the significant disproportionality front: The U.S. Department of Education’s delay of the 2016 Equity in IDEA regulations has been found to be illegal. Update: The U.S. Department appealed the decision but the appeal was dismissed in September 2019. The long history of Equity in IDEA regulations Issued in … Continue reading Significant Disproportionality: What Happens Now?

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