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Feature Articles & Resources

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

Do IEPs “Expire?” Can Districts Hold IEP Meetings Without Parents?

“I received a call from my case manager today informing me that my child’s IEP was due to “expire” tomorrow and if I do not come in for an IEP meeting either today or tomorrow, the district would have to hold the meeting without me to avoid a disruption in his services. What should I do?”

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    Q&A: Is It Dyslexia?

    Until the recent dyslexia legislation in New Jersey, dyslexia was not traditionally discussed in schools. Guidance from the U.S. Dept. of Education (USDOE) has recently clarified that schools should be considering the use of terms such as dyslexia, where appropriate, to assist in describing and addressing unique student needs.

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      Student’s Perspective: Looking Back, Looking Ahead – Advice for Students and Teachers

      Article by Asher Zerbib – “My advice to students like me: Don’t place the weight of the world on your own shoulders – you will buckle under the pressure. Look to others for help.”

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        From the Courts: Supreme Court Defining Rights for Students with Disabilities

        On January 11, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on whether public schools owe children with disabilities “some” educational benefit — which courts have determined to mean just-above-trivial progress — or whether students legally deserve something more: a substantial, “meaningful” benefit.

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          From the Courts: Justices Rule in Favor of Student in Dispute Over Service Dog

          In February, The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued a unanimous decision in favor of a student with disabilities, and clarified the inter-relationship between the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1993.

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            From The Capitol: Betsy DeVos is New Secretary of Education

            Last month, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. She was approved despite widespread concerns about her lack of experience in public education and apparent lack of understanding of education policy and law.

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              From The Capitol: New Jersey Board of Education Moves Forward on Special Education Regulations Proposed for Private Schools

              On December 30, 2016, the New Jersey Department of Education proposed new special education regulations that will affect tuition rates and accounting practices at state-approved private schools for students with disabilities.

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                From The Capitol: Special Education and Autism Training to be Required as Part of NJ Teacher Certification

                A bipartisan measure (S-1474) addressing teacher training that was introduced in February 2016 has been signed into law in New Jersey.

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                  Snapshot: Special Education: By The Numbers

                  Newly released data from UDOE show that the number of students receiving special education is increasing.

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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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