"Ghetto Awards;" and Disproportionality

We have a new winner for the Teacher Who Doesn't Get It Award. It seems that a middle school teacher in Northeast Texas issued a Ghetto Award (8th Annual!!!) to a special education student who expressed confusion in class. On how many different levels is this wrong?

Here is a photo of the Certificate; judge for yourself:


Here is a news article on the mess in the Houston Chronicle.  Here is a Huffington Post story on this debacle.

Oh and did I mention that the kid is an African American? So the double whammy rule is applicable; pretty insensitive, no?

And this also brings up the related issue of disproportionality. African American students end up in special education a lot more than Caucasi (Read more...)
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Special Education Law 101 – Part IX #discipline

This is the most recent post in the continuing series that is meant to be an introduction to special education law.  In today's post we will be discussing discipline of students with disabilities.  People often ask why disciplinary actions are regulated by the special education law.  The reason is that before passage of the law's predecessor, it was common for school officials to exclude children with disabilities by expelling them and giving them long suspensions. This series of abuses was reflected in the legislative history of the law.  
 
Discipline is one area that seems to cause folks to develop stomach problems (sorta like the rule against perpetu (Read more...)
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Special Education Law 101 – Part IX #discipline

This is the most recent post in the continuing series that is meant to be an introduction to special education law.  In today's post we will be discussing discipline of students with disabilities.  People often ask why disciplinary actions are regulated by the special education law.  The reason is that before passage of the law's predecessor, it was common for school officials to exclude children with disabilities by expelling them and giving them long suspensions. This series of abuses was reflected in the legislative history of the law.  
 
Discipline is one area that seems to cause folks to develop stomach problems (sorta like the rule against perpetu (Read more...)
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Special Education Law 101 – Part IX #discipline

This is the most recent post in the continuing series that is meant to be an introduction to special education law.  In today's post we will be discussing discipline of students with disabilities.  People often ask why disciplinary actions are regulated by the special education law.  The reason is that before passage of the law's predecessor, it was common for school officials to exclude children with disabilities by expelling them and giving them long suspensions. This series of abuses was reflected in the legislative history of the law.  
 
Discipline is one area that seems to cause folks to develop stomach problems (sorta like the rule against perpetu (Read more...)
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Nominate a White House Champion of Change for Disability Advocacy Across Generations

US-WhiteHouse-LogoThis year marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a time to celebrate the successes of its passing while also remembering that full inclusion and equal opportunity are still not a reality for many individuals with disabilities. The Act would not have been passed had it not been for those individuals who advocated so strongly on its behalf. The White House is asking for nominations for a White House Champion of Change for Disability Advocacy Across Generations of both long-time local disability rights advocatesand young leaders with disabilities who are dedicated to disability advocacy and advancing the legacy of the ADA for the next 25 years to come.

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Nominate a White House Champion of Change for Disability Advocacy Across Generations

US-WhiteHouse-LogoThis year marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a time to celebrate the successes of its passing while also remembering that full inclusion and equal opportunity are still not a reality for many individuals with disabilities. The Act would not have been passed had it not been for those individuals who advocated so strongly on its behalf. The White House is asking for nominations for a White House Champion of Change for Disability Advocacy Across Generations of both long-time local disability rights advocatesand young leaders with disabilities who are dedicated to disability advocacy and advancing the legacy of the ADA for the next 25 years to come.

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Nominate a White House Champion of Change for Disability Advocacy Across Generations

US-WhiteHouse-LogoThis year marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a time to celebrate the successes of its passing while also remembering that full inclusion and equal opportunity are still not a reality for many individuals with disabilities. The Act would not have been passed had it not been for those individuals who advocated so strongly on its behalf. The White House is asking for nominations for a White House Champion of Change for Disability Advocacy Across Generations of both long-time local disability rights advocatesand young leaders with disabilities who are dedicated to disability advocacy and advancing the legacy of the ADA for the next 25 years to come.

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OSEP Policy Index for IDEA

Education-1The Secretary has published a list of correspondence from the U.S. Department of Education to individuals during the previous quarter. The correspondence describes the Department's interpretations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) or the regulations that implement the IDEA. This list and the letters or other documents described in this list, with personally identifiable information redacted, as appropriate, can be found here.

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OSEP Policy Index for IDEA

Education-1The Secretary has published a list of correspondence from the U.S. Department of Education to individuals during the previous quarter. The correspondence describes the Department's interpretations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) or the regulations that implement the IDEA. This list and the letters or other documents described in this list, with personally identifiable information redacted, as appropriate, can be found here.

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OSEP Policy Index for IDEA

Education-1The Secretary has published a list of correspondence from the U.S. Department of Education to individuals during the previous quarter. The correspondence describes the Department's interpretations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) or the regulations that implement the IDEA. This list and the letters or other documents described in this list, with personally identifiable information redacted, as appropriate, can be found here.

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