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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.

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Latest CG Articles

Letters: Response to Mental Health and Special Education

The September 2016 issue of Common Ground featured two articles deservedly emphasizing the value of mental health services for schoolchildren. However, a glaring omission was the lack of any reference to either School Social Workers or School Psychologists.
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From the Courts: Supreme Court to Hear Special Education Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to consider a case that will set the national standard for the education of students with disabilities. The court will consider the question of whether school districts receiving federal funds must offer an education with “meaningful benefit” or merely make an effort to educate children with “some benefit” under the IDEA, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
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From The Capitol: New Guide to Assist School Districts in Serving Students with ADHD

The United States Department of Education (DOE) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has issued a "Dear Colleague" letter reminding school districts of their obligations to students with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
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Teachers’ Perspective: Improving Relationships with Paraprofessionals: 5 Tips

It is the responsibility of teachers to develop a rapport with paraprofessionals in their classroom, and delegate educational tasks to them. Here we provide some suggestions to assist you in developing a positive relationship with your paraprofessionals.
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Responsible Use of One-to-One Paraprofessionals: Planning From the Start to Fade-Out Support

Responsible Use of Paraprofessionals - In order to educate students in the least restrictive environment, clearly identify the purpose and the function of the one-to-one paraprofessional; adapting, modifying and teaching skills needed to increase student independence and autonomy; when possible fade the one-to-one paraprofessional to a more naturalistically occurring ratio.
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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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