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Bittner, Melissa; McNamara, Scott; Katz, Heather; Silliman-French, Lisa – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2020
School administrators oversee and monitor specially designed programming for students with disabilities to ensure they receive appropriate services. School administrators, however, may be unprepared for the diverse roles that are needed to ensure students with disabilities receive an appropriate education (Edwards, 2012) including in adapted…
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Adapted Physical Education, Students with Disabilities, Principals
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Ortiz, Kelsey; Rice, Mary F.; Deschaine, Mark E.; Lancaster, Sean – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2020
The rapid emergence and authorization of statewide, fully online, virtual charter schools has resulted in the need for states to identify potentially inequitable effects of disability service funding policies. This article describes state funding policies and the designation of responsibilities regarding the provision of special education services…
Descriptors: Special Education, Virtual Schools, Student Needs, Students with Disabilities
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Dieterich, Cynthia A.; Kucharczyk, Suzanne; Brady, Kevin P. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2019
As mandated by federal law, all students with a disability who qualify for special education and related services must be provided a free appropriate public education (FAPE). With ongoing changes to statutory definitions and legal interpretation of what constitutes a FAPE under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA, 2004), it can…
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Individualized Education Programs, Students with Disabilities, Equal Education
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Connolly, Jennifer F.; Adamy, Peter H.; Moore, Adam – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2019
In the last several years there have been multiple stories regarding the use of seclusion in schools in national news outlets (Blacker, 2012; Charis-Carlson, 2017; Hefling, 2012; Lichtenstein, 2012; National School Boards Association (NSBA), 2014; Nicosia, 2016; Richards, 2012; St. George, 2014; Tilotta, 2014). The Council for Children with…
Descriptors: Discipline, Students with Disabilities, Behavior Problems, Student Behavior
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Luckner, John L.; Movahedazarhouligh, Sara – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2019
The purpose of this study was to conduct an initial investigation to examine the perceptions of a sample of special education administrators from a western state to identify the challenges they encounter that may negatively affect their ability to do their jobs well. It was anticipated that the results of the study would be of interest to faculty…
Descriptors: Special Education, Administrator Attitudes, Administrator Education, Professional Development
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Ansley, Brandis M.; Houchins, David; Varjas, Kris – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2019
Teacher turnover continues to perpetuate shortages in U.S. schools, particularly within settings that serve students with disabilities, economic disadvantages, or other obstacles to their education. Recent studies suggest high teacher turnover in high-need settings is not reflective of problems associated with the needs of their students, but…
Descriptors: Teaching Conditions, Quality of Working Life, Job Satisfaction, Teacher Persistence
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Hansen, Kirstin; Zirkel, Perry A. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2018
The professional literature is largely lacking with regard to current information about state systems for complaint procedures (CP) as compared with the much more common knowledge of the due process hearing mechanism of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This article begins with an overview of the professional literature,…
Descriptors: Compliance (Legal), Educational Legislation, Equal Education, Federal Legislation
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Ju, Song; Landmark, Leena Jo; Zhang, Dalun – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2018
As the percentage of diverse students continues to increase, the problem of disproportionate representation of students in special education by race/ethnicity persists (Kena et al., 2014; Zhang, Katsiyannis, Ju, & Roberts, 2014). The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA, 2004) requires states to monitor…
Descriptors: Family Involvement, Cultural Differences, Language Usage, Diversity
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Alarcon, Arthur Lance; Luckasson, Ruth – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2017
The U.S. Department of Education (Department) issued a Dear Colleague Letter (Letter) on November 16, 2015, to "clarify that an individualized education program (IEP) for an eligible child with a disability under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) must be aligned with the State's academic content standards for the grade in…
Descriptors: Alignment (Education), Individualized Education Programs, Legal Problems, Students with Disabilities
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Zirkel, Perry A. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2017
Depending on their experience, local special education directors may be familiar with the complaint procedures (CP) avenue that the IDEA requires each state education agency (SEA) to provide. Yet most special education professors and many parents of students with disabilities have negligible knowledge about this avenue of decisional dispute…
Descriptors: Grievance Procedures, Educational Legislation, Equal Education, Students with Disabilities
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Bateman, David; Gervais, Amanda; Wysocki, Thomas A.; Cline, Jenifer L. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2017
The role of the principal is very complex. Principals are the leader of the building and all the education that occurs within its walls. Included in the responsibilities for principals is the education of students with disabilities. A principal needs to have solid, fundamental knowledge of the scope of special education and the processes used for…
Descriptors: Principals, Special Education, Competence, Standards
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Shriner, James G.; Carty, Susan; Goldstone, Linda; Thurlow, Martha L. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2017
Students served through special education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is to be provided an Individualized Education Program (IEP) that is an articulation of the student's individual program of educational and related services and instructional focus for the school year. In a standards-based educational environment,…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Special Education Teachers, Common Core State Standards, Individualized Education Programs
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Popham, Michelle; Lawton, Katherine Ingram; Katsiyannis, Antonis; Ryan, Joseph – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2017
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is intended to provide federal financial assistance to states in ensuring that qualified students with disabilities are receiving a free appropriate public education (FAPE). Indeed, approximately 6.4 million students ages 3-21, representing about 13% of school-age children, received services…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Equal Education, Federal Legislation, Students with Disabilities
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Stahl, William M.; Karger, Joanne – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2016
The rapid adoption of digital content and delivery systems, each with its own capacity to track, store, and analyze student usage, interactions, and academic outcomes at both a highly detailed and granular level, has emerged as an area of widespread opportunity, but also of concern. The comingling of various student data sets (demographics, usage,…
Descriptors: Privacy, Electronic Learning, Special Education, Disabilities
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Zirkel, Perry A. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2016
The purpose of this article is to present an updated comprehensive synthesis of the law, starting with the statutory provisions and culminating in the case law specific to the procedural and substantive requirements for manifestation determinations (MDs) under IDEA, as amended in 2004. Procedural requirements include issues such as who must make…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Equal Education, Students with Disabilities
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