special education
Courts
Special education teacher arrested in Texas for throwing, injuring autistic student

A Texas special education teacher was arrested Monday and charged with assaulting an autistic student during class. Shaq Morales, a special needs teacher at Banuelos Elementary School, allegedly threw an… Read More

May 9, 2024
Public Education
Family files federal lawsuit against school district for alleged abuse, ‘torture’ of autistic daughter

The parents of an elementary student with autism have taken legal action against their daughter’s school, claiming she was physically abused by staff members. Christopher Dohse and Kimberly Pittard filed… Read More

April 11, 2024
Public Education
Gov. Kim Reynolds wants to reform Iowa’s special education agencies after 20 years of declining academics and lack of accountability

Gov. Kim Reynolds is backing an effort to reform Iowa’s education agencies after reported mismanagement. The network of nine Area Education Agencies (AEA) – distinct from… Read More

February 6, 2024
Public Education
West Virginia declares special education emergency

 The West Virginia Department of Education has declared a state of emergency over failing special education services in Hampshire County. The state’s Board of Education agreed… Read More

November 20, 2023
Public Education
Audit: Louisiana education agency ignores some disabled student complaints

(The Center Square) – A recent review of how the Louisiana Department of Education handles complaints about special education services for students with disabilities found many are ignored or routed… Read More

September 26, 2023
Public Education
Missouri researcher gets $500K grant to study how app helps special education students

(The Center Square) – While some teenagers are discouraged from excessive cell phone use, a federally funded study in Missouri will use the technology to help high school students with… Read More

July 31, 2023
Courts
Parents call for Detroit school district officials to be fired after alleged abuse of their children with special education needs

Parents of special education students say Detroit school officials attempted to cover up acts of child abuse. A group of parents is alleging two paraprofessionals at Moses Field Center have… Read More

June 26, 2023
Public Education
Omaha Public Schools survey reveals teachers, parents agree: Change is needed

Amid a search for a new superintendent, a survey from Omaha Public Schools reveals the community wants the school to go in a different direction. The results reflect similar concerns… Read More

June 7, 2023
Public Education
‘It’s a human rights violation’: Arizona paraprofessional fired for blowing the whistle on public school’s neglect of special needs students

When an Arizona public school put an unqualified education paraprofessional in charge of a special education classroom, he blew the whistle in a video. Then the school allegedly fired… Read More

April 18, 2023
Public Education
Public school districts from Denver to Loudoun County are failing their special education students

A Colorado investigation recently found that Denver Public Schools violated federal requirements for special education, failing over 1,000 disabled students in the process. A complaint filed with the… Read More

April 3, 2023
Opinion
KC Star in government public relations mode on Kansas education

(The Sentinel) – If there was an award for journalistic malpractice, the Kansas City Star would be a leading contender. The most recent example of the Star’s ‘government good /… Read More

March 10, 2023
Public Education
Public schools face dramatic rise in student misbehavior, potentially straining special education resources

Reports of student misbehavior have risen sharply in public schools, as districts also report widespread “stunted” social development among students. Yet special education resources may not be able… Read More

January 10, 2023
Public Education
Kansas special education funding exceeded expenditures, contrary to claims of school funding advocates

(The Sentinel) – School funding advocates met at the Capitol in Topeka recently to make the case that special education in Kansas is underfunded.  But other testimony presented shows the… Read More

November 29, 2022
Courts, Public Education
Parents of autistic twins awarded $45 million in lawsuit for abuse at California school  

The family of nonverbal autistic twins was awarded $45 million in damages after a jury found the twin boys were physically abused at their California school. The former… Read More

November 1, 2022
Public Education
Back in the classroom after suffering from pandemic policies, children with special needs still struggling

(The Center Square) – Illinois schools continue to cope with the effects of the school shutdowns during the pandemic. Recent studies have shown that remote learning and school closures… Read More

November 1, 2022