Latest Special needs education News

Judge: School district broke disability law, must pay $160K

Apr. 07, 2021 11:52 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A judge has ruled that a school district in Washington state violated federal disabilities law and ordered the district to pay more than $160,000 to a family who accused educators of failing their now-teenage son. Judge Matthew D. Wacker ruled that the...

Georgia lawmakers pass special education voucher expansion

Mar. 29, 2021 13:28 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — More special education students would be eligible for subsidies to attend private schools under a plan that has passed the General Assembly. The Senate voted 30-18 on Monday to approve changes the House made to Senate Bill 47, sending it to Gov. Brian...

Georgia House passes special education voucher expansion

Mar. 25, 2021 18:40 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A plan to make more Georgia public school students eligible for a program that pays for special education students to attend private schools has narrowly cleared a key hurdle, passing a state House that has been skeptical of such programs. The House voted...

Georgia House panel narrows special education voucher plan

Mar. 22, 2021 15:02 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia House committee is approving a plan that would broaden eligibility for a program that pays for special education students to attend private schools, but the House's version would not open the gate as widely as senators sought. The House...

New in-person start date pushed back for Seattle schools

Mar. 09, 2021 14:06 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle officials say the start of in-person classes for some special-education students and preschoolers has been pushed back to March 29. Seattle Public Schools had hoped to resume classroom learning for some students during the coronavirus pandemic...

Georgia Senate votes to widen special education vouchers

Mar. 05, 2021 11:17 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The state Senate approved a plan Wednesday that would broaden eligibility for a Georgia program that pays for special education students to attend private schools. The Senate voted 30-23 to pass Senate Bill 47, sending it to the House, despite cries from...

Washington educators, childcare workers eligible for vaccine

Mar. 02, 2021 20:12 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced Tuesday that educators, school staff and licensed childcare workers of all ages have been added to the current tier of vaccine eligibility that includes those age 65 and up and those 50 and older who live in multigenerational...

Georgia Senate panel seeks wider special education vouchers

Feb. 22, 2021 17:23 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A state Senate committee is advancing a bill that would broaden eligibility for a Georgia program that pays for special education students to attend private schools. The Senate Education and Youth Committee voted 6-5 on Monday to pass Senate Bill 47,...

Chicago schools reopen doors after tough union fight

Feb. 11, 2021 16:28 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago parents Willie and Brittany Preston have spent almost a year wrestling with online school schedules for their six children, often with everyone hovering over devices around the dining room table. On Thursday, they got some relief. Their youngest...

Chicago begins return to classrooms after bitter union fight

Feb. 11, 2021 00:26 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago parents Willie and Brittany Preston have spent nearly a year wrestling with online school schedules for their six children, often with everyone hovered over devices around the dining room table. Starting Thursday, they'll get relief. Their...