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Feature articles • In-depth consideration of current special education topics and practices. • Experienced and authoritative writers. • Resources for parents, teachers, and professionals. • Fostering dialogue among special education stakeholders.

From the Courts & Capitols

Covering legal and legislative developments that shape special education in New Jersey and nationally. • Specific cases from administrative, state and federal courts. • Legislative and administrative policy developments at state and federal levels.

Information Parents & Educators Can Use

By and for parents, teachers and professionals. • Teaching and assessment strategies for specific learning and behavioral challenges • Peer-to-peer advice and experience sharing • Q&As and FAQs for use on the front line • Statistics and data for trend identification.

Latest CG Articles

Snap Shot: Children & Mental Health

Snap Shot of various statistics on children and mental health – e.g. Approximately 50% of students aged 14 and older with mental illness drop out of high school — the highest dropout rate of any disability group. (U.S.DOE)

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    From the Capitol: Measure Establishing RTI Initiative in New Jersey Signed by Governor

    Legislation to establish a Response to Intervention initiative (RTI) within the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) has cleared both houses of the New Jersey Legislature unanimously. The bipartisan measure (S-496 and A-2566) was co-sponsored by a long list of education leaders and advocates from both the Assembly and the Senate.

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      From the Capitol: Bill Would Require Anti-bias and Anti-Discrimination Training to Address Special Education Issues

      A bi-partisan measure introduced by leaders in the Senate and Assembly would require the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) to train teachers and administrators, and monitor districts on bias and discrimination in special education classification.

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        From the Capitol: U.S. Department of Education Issues Guidance on Implementing Behavior Supports

        In August, the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) released a “Dear Colleague” letter to school districts indicating concern over data that show students with disabilities are disciplined far more often than their peers without disabilities....
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        What Can You Do to Support Children and Adolescents with Mental Health Issues?

        Friends and family can be important influences to help someone get the mental health treatment and services they need by: Reaching out and letting them know you are available to help Helping them access mental health services Learning and sharing the facts...
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        Protecting your Child from an Inappropriate Punishment

        Students who qualify for special education and related services under the IDEA shall not be punished the same as regular education students for behaviors that are a product of their disabilities. Instead, the IEP team shall determine whether discipline is appropriate and if so, the team shall determine the appropriate type of discipline. This is particularly true for students with mental health challenges.

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          Mental Health and Special Education: Early Intervention and Treatment for Childhood Mental Illness

          Living among America’s 74 million children are growing numbers experiencing mental illness. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) finds that roughly 20% of adolescents ages 13 to 18 and 13% of 8 to 15 year-olds experience severe mental…...
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          Q&A: Charter Schools and Students with Disabilities

          by Elaine Mulligan A charter school is a public school and as such, is responsible for serving students with disabilities in keeping with state law. Q: What is a Charter School? A: Charter schools are public elementary and secondary schools, just as traditional…...
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