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Maxwell, Lesli A.; Shah, Nirvi – Education Week, 2012
Accurately identifying English-language learner (ELL) students who also need special education services has long been a problem for educators. Historically, English-learners were overrepresented in special education, but litigation and civil rights complaints have, in more recent years, led to an equally troubling problem with identifying too few…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Disproportionate Representation, Special Needs Students, Disability Identification
Education Week, 2011
This year's "Quality Counts" report, the 15th edition of this annual report produced through the joint efforts of the "Education Week" newsroom and the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center, arrives at a time of continued fiscal anxiety and education policy ferment in the wake of what has been widely described as the…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Economic Climate, Educational Finance, Educational Quality
Klein, Alyson – Education Week, 2011
The author reports on the federal budget proposal for fiscal year 2012 in which President Barack Obama singled out education as an area crucial to the country's economic future. He called for bolstering programs he deems critical to his vision for a renewed Elementary and Secondary Education Act and proposed new ones in research, early-childhood…
Descriptors: Budgeting, Program Budgeting, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation
Samuels, Christina A. – Education Week, 2010
After decades of what seemed to be an inexorable upward path, the number of students classified as learning-disabled declined from year to year over much of the past decade--a change in direction that is spurring debates among experts about the reasons why. The percentage of 3- to 21-year-old students nationwide classified as having a…
Descriptors: Early Intervention, Learning Disabilities, Reading Instruction, Enrollment
Samuels, Christina A. – Education Week, 2010
At least three states have asked for permission to cut back on the money they provide districts for special education, under a built-in escape clause in the federal special education law that is aimed at financially struggling states. Iowa and Kansas have both been granted a waiver, which under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Special Education, Financial Exigency, Educational Finance
Samuels, Christina A. – Education Week, 2010
Just as it has every June since 2006, the U.S. Department of Education last month delivered a rating to each state and territory based on the performance of its special education programs. The ratings, intended to fulfill the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act's requirement that "measurable" and "rigorous" targets be…
Descriptors: Special Education, National Standards, School Statistics, Benchmarking
Klein, Alyson – Education Week, 2010
President Barack Obama's proposed $49.7 billion budget for the U.S. Department of Education is more than just a spending blueprint: Department officials portray it as a fundamental reimagining of the agency's structure and management. Under the fiscal 2011 proposal unveiled last week, a roster of 38 relatively small, targeted grant programs would…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Teacher Effectiveness, Elementary Secondary Education, Budgets
Klein, Alyson – Education Week, 2009
Cash-strapped school districts could see an unprecedented $100 billion infusion of federal aid under a massive economic-stimulus package unveiled by House Democrats this week. The overall measure, put forth January 15 by the House Appropriations Committee, is aimed at providing a $825 billion jolt to the stumbling U.S. economy, and to help avert…
Descriptors: Schools of Education, Federal Aid, Elementary Secondary Education, School Construction
Hoff, David J. – Education Week, 2009
As Congress began debate last week over the size and scope of more than $120 billion in proposed emergency education aid, state leaders were anxiously awaiting the details so they could make specific plans to spend the economic-stimulus money. Governors, state legislators, and state schools chiefs have yet to learn what rules Congress will attach…
Descriptors: State Officials, Legislators, Construction Programs, Financial Support
Walsh, Mark – Education Week, 2009
This article reports a U.S. Supreme Court decision last week which supports the parents of a Massachusetts student who claimed that school officials failed to respond adequately to sexual harassment of their daughter--then in kindergarten--by a 3rd grade boy on her bus. The parents sued the district under both Title IX and Section 1983. In the…
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Courts, Gender Bias, Sexual Harassment
Samuels, Christina A. – Education Week, 2009
"Response to intervention" (RTI) as a model for boosting student achievement has taken off like wildfire. When it comes to research on how best to implement the process for students in middle and high school, though, the flame abruptly fizzles out. There's little RTI research that is specific to secondary schools, although it has been…
Descriptors: High Schools, Federal Legislation, Intelligence Quotient, Intervention
Klein, Alyson – Education Week, 2009
The eagerly awaited federal guidelines on some $100 billion in stimulus funding for public education aim to pump money out quickly, while giving the U.S. Department of Education leverage to demand improvements from states and districts. But those same states and districts are also warned not to expect the hefty sums for K-12 programs in the…
Descriptors: Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, Public Education, Educational Finance
Samuels, Christina A. – Education Week, 2009
This article reports that for students with disabilities, planning for life after high school is regulated by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), just like other aspects of special education. But despite tweaks to the federal law over its 34-year history--including a relatively recent change that requires schools to give…
Descriptors: Disabilities, College Bound Students, Individualized Education Programs, Federal Legislation
McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2009
This article reports that the gusher of new federal education spending in the economic-stimulus bill signed into law last week will be piped to states and school districts with little or no regard for how badly they need the money. The measure could leave some states without enough money to restore all K-12 funding cuts, while others see a cash…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Finance, Grants, Tax Credits
Education Week, 2009
President Obama is the most prominent of a growing number of American policymakers to embrace the idea that some form of postsecondary education is crucial to students' success after high school. This year's edition of "Diplomas Count", a report by "Education Week" and the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center,…
Descriptors: School Readiness, Journal Articles, Graduation Requirements, Academic Standards
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