Cheese, Charter Schools & Promising Developments in Special Ed

Why some of the most competent charters are choosing to become their own LEAs and take full responsibility for special education

Pie in the Special-Ed Sky?

Will the new federal regulatory scheme lead to real change on the ground?

Behind the Headline: De Blasio Offers Easier Access to City Money for Special Education

In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced (under pressure from the state legislature) changes that will make it easier for special-needs students to attend private school at public expense when their parents believe that public schools are not meeting the needs of their children.

Charters Should Be Expected to Serve All Kinds of Students

Part of the forum: Should Charter Schools Enroll More Special Education Students?

School Quality Matters Most, Whether District or Charter

Part of the forum: Should Charter Schools Enroll More Special Education Students?

The Key Is Innovation, Not Regulation

Part of the forum: Should Charter Schools Enroll More Special Education Students?

Charter Schools, the Time Is Now to Take on Special Ed in a Big Way

What does it take for charters to achieve success with kids who have disabilities? Something not so different from what works with low-income kids.

Are New York’s New Diploma Options the Future of the Common Core?

As an advocate for struggling learners, I support the Common Core. Why? For these students, there’s nothing more effective than high expectations and accountability. The Common Core is tough love.

The Promising Future of Virtual spEd

The more customization a student requires, as is often the case with kids with special needs who need adaptations in pacing, methodology, presentation and curriculum, the more attractive virtual ed can be.

Financing the Education of High-Need Students

Special education is in need of a top-to-bottom makeover that nobody seems willing or able to undertake. But some worthy repairs can be made around the periphery of current policy

Choice and Special Education

Schools of choice appear to be open to students with disabilities but aren’t as bureaucratically inclined to label students as disabled as are traditional public schools.

Maintenance of Inefficiency

School district officials who have attempted to do more with less have been stymied by federal maintenance-of-effort requirements for special education.

Special Choices

Do voucher schools serve students with disabilities?

Do voucher schools serve students with disabilities?

Behind the Headline: Stop Burning NY’s Special Ed Dollars

On Top of the News Stop Burning NY’s Special Ed Dollars New York Post | 2/1/12 Behind the Headline The Case for Special EducationVouchers Education Next | Winter 2010 Former State Assemblyman Michael Benjamin makes the case for special ed vouchers in New York City in an op-ed appearing in today’s Post. Jay Greene and […]

Kudos to ED for Gutsy Call on Special Ed

I’ve long griped that the Obama administration has talked too often about more school spending and not enough about smarter school spending, and I was particularly disenchanted to hear the President go back to talking this week about pumping more borrowed federal funds into school facilities and salaries.

Higher Spending Associated with Higher Rates of Special-Education Identification

I can’t help but wonder whether the “New Normal” (most states finding resources much more limited) will drive down identification rates at a fast pace.

Rethinking Special Ed. Spending

Districts are struggling to stretch the school dollar as they deal with current and looming budget shortfalls. Yet, while they know it’s a huge cost center, few district leaders know how to effectively or legally pursue cost savings in special ed provision.

Is the Learning Disabilities Epidemic Waning?

Almost a decade ago, Fordham and the Progressive Policy Institute published a phone book-sized treatise, Rethinking Special Education for a New Century. One of its most important chapters was “Rethinking Learning Disabilities,” written by a who’s who of cognitive psychologists and reading experts, including Reid Lyon, Jack Fletcher, Sally Shaywitz, and Joseph Torgeson. They argued that most children with learning disabilities suffered from poor reading instruction, not an underlying neurological problem.

The Case for Special Education Vouchers

Parents should decide when their disabled child needs a private placement

Parents should decide when their disabled child needs a private placement

The Special Ed D.C. Bubble

One of the (many) problems with education policy analysts is that a large number of them live in or around Washington, D.C.

Timeout

Schools Win in Court

Schools Win in Court

Free and Appropriate

Parent's wealth muddies special-education tuition case

Parent's wealth muddies special-education tuition case

Autism and the Inclusion Mandate

Daniel experiences the regular classroom

Daniel experiences the regular classroom

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