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The Kentucky handcuffing incident has reignited the debate about abuse of seclusion and restraints. What do you think should Congress pass a law requiring training and notification?
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We Will Soon Be #NBCTstrong


During one of our sessions at our Back-To-School Union Leadership Institute last Tuesday, I couldn't help sharing my wonderful experiences passionately with my colleagues as a National Board Certified Teacher to encourage more great teacher leaders to go through the process of becoming an accomplished teacher. I was surprised when most of them appeared to not know about it or have not heard about it until I brought up the topic. After my short discussion, the teacher beside me expressed that he has been actively looking for a board exam for teachers, something similar to what his wife has been through to become a professional medical practitioner, and was glad to hear me talk (Read more...)
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Keeping School Buildings Safe From Eight Year Old Disabled Kids! #really?

You may have heard the story about the Kenton County, Kentucky Deputy who is being sued by the parents of an 8 year old with ADHD.  The deputy allegedly handcuffed the disabled child.  Worse yet the allegation is that the handcuffs wouldn't fit because the boy's arms were so small causing the Deputy to handcuff the child's biceps instead.  Here is the video of the incident:


Now the Kenton County Sheriff has defended the Deputy saying that he did what he was sworn to do- keeping the school safe. Here is Washington Post article quoting the Sheriff.  Really? A tiny eight year old with a disability whose wrists are too small for handcuffs is a security threat?  I'd hate t (Read more...)
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Policy Insider on Vacation During August Recess

RecessAIA-300x300With the U.S. Congress entering it's August recess, the Policy Insider will be taking a brief summer vacation. The next issue of the Policy Insider will be September 16, 2015. 

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Message from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on the ADA Anniversary

UNCRPD“America leads on disability rights by example, but we must advance them internationally,” says U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, in The Americans with Disabilities Act Turns 25: Now We Must Work for Global Equality. 

Read Secretary of State John Kerry's article at this link 

Read CEC’s UNCRP Issue brief

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CORRECTION: Twenty-two States Meet IDEA Requirements #whoops

A few week back we ran a post under the headline that only 19 states met the IDEA requirements. The Department of Education issues letters to state departments of education every year informing them whether they are in compliance with IDEA requirements.  As an alert reader pointed out, however, I miscounted the number of states meeting requirements for Part B (ages 3 to 21). The correct number of states in compliance is actually 22 and not 19.  I regret any inconvenience this may have caused.

Twenty- two states in compliance is better, yet way less than half meeting IDEA's basic requirements is still flat out sad.  You can read the previous article here.

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Senate Passes Hatch, Murray Bipartisan Resolution Commemorating Americans with Disabilities Act Anniversary

Us-senate-logoLast week, the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan resolution from U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Patty Murray (D-WA) to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which was signed into law on July 26, 1990. 

Senate Cosponsors of the resolution includes: Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO), Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), Sen. Robert Casey (D-PA), Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Sen. Al Franken ( (Read more...)

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Accessibility of Computers and Web Sites—Automated Personalization Computing Project (APCP)

6a00d83452098b69e201b7c70fd8bd970bOSERS recently announced a new funding opportunity, the Accessibility of Computers and Web Sites through an Automated Personalization Computing Project (APCP), to create the infrastructure we need to make it easier for any person of any age with any disability to more easily use any web enabled device at school, at home, at work, or in the community. This funding opportunity, totaling up to $20 million over five years, will implement a pilot demonstration of automated personalization for individuals with disabilities who are using information and communication technologies. Individuals with disabilities will be able to access communications and information technology on a secure basis no mat (Read more...)

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House, Senate Educations Leaders Discuss Efforts to Replace NCLB

House_Committee_on_Education_and_the_Workforce_1 HELP_CommitteeHouse Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN), Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Senate Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), and House Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-VA) met recently to discuss proceeding with a conference committee to resolve differences in the House- and Senate-passed bills to replace No Child Left Behind. 

The House passed the Student Success Act on July 8. 

The Senate passed the Every Child Achieves Act on July 16. 

The two chambers will form a conference committee to reconcile the differences between the two bills and develop a bicameral agreement. 

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Weekly Question!

As we run our: an Introduction To Special Education Law, what do you think are the easiest ways for a school district or its staff to get into special ed legal trouble?
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