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Education Department eliminates 72 guidance documents

Last month the Education Department announced the retraction of 72 guidelines, 63 coming out of the Office of Special Education Programs. The rollback is part of the Trump administration’s efforts to reduce government regulations. The department says the policies were removed for being “outdated, unnecessary or ineffective.”

On initial review, the guidelines removed mostly clarified student and parent rights, sometimes using common language instead of legal jargon. Others clarified the financial details for using federal money for special education needs.

Minority students less likely to be put in special education

If your family identifies with a cultural minority group, you may bring vastly different life experiences to your social circles. This sentiment also likely extends to your children and their environment growing up. Among the issues minority families face in raising children is the achievement gap in school or the noted difference in academic performance between white students and minority students.

Narrowing the achievement gap

Challenges with getting autism detected early

How soon a child with special needs gets the help they need can be incredibly impactful. For many conditions, the earlier a child is able to get such help, the better off they may end up being in the long run.

So, it can be incredibly frustrating for a parent when roadblocks come up in connection to getting their child needed treatment and assistance. Among the things that can lead to delays in a special needs child getting treated for a condition are delays in that condition being diagnosed.

Nonverbal children and electronic assisted-communication devices

Some disabilities leave children facing difficulties when it comes to learning to talk. Being nonverbal can pose significant challenges to a child. This includes at school. So, what aids a nonverbal child has with them when at school can matter a lot.

One aid that some are finding to be helpful for kids who are nonverbal are electronic assisted-communication devices. These devices, which provide alternate communication methods for nonverbal kids, can take a variety of forms. They could be a smartphone or similar device with a specialty app loaded to it. Or they could be a dedicated device aimed solely at helping a kid with communicating. Such devices can also vary greatly in the features they contain, based on the unique needs of a child.

Education Dept. plans to scale back civil rights investigations

Like many federal agencies, the Department of Education is reversing course on some Obama Administration priorities. In the DOE's case, that means fewer civil rights investigations into public schools and university, according to an internal memo obtained by ProPublica.

According to the Times, the new leadership says the Obama-era mandates have bogged down the department. The affected civil rights enforcement mandates included, for example:

  • Broadening inquiries in order to identify systemic issues and classes of victims
  • Regional offices being required to notify Washington on sensitive issues such as disproportionate discipline and campus sexual assault

Local school district facing special education complaints

Recently, some parents have leveled allegations claiming that the special education efforts of a school district here in San Diego County are falling short.

The district in question is the San Dieguito Union High School District. Some parents recently held a rally in connection to complaints they have over special education services in the district. The group also submitted a petition to the district’s school board regarding its complaints.

Concerns regarding a child’s special education environment

What specific special education services they receive is not the only thing that can have big impacts on students with disabilities. Another is the environment in which they receive these services.

This environment can affect the level of inclusion or exclusion a student feels at their school. This can influence how likely they are to feel isolated or stigmatized or similar negative things at school that could hurt their overall education experience.

High schools and college readiness

One of the big hopes for many parents when it comes to their child’s high school education is that it will well-prepare their child for college and the future. How prepared for college a child actually is upon leaving high school can be influenced by many factors. One such factor is the quality of the high school they attend.

A recent evaluation looked at the quality of the nation’s public high schools based on certain factors, including college readiness. Tens of thousands of U.S. high schools were reviewed in this evaluation, which was done by U.S. News & World Report. Of these schools, the evaluation gave 500 a “Gold” ranking, a little over 2,100 a “Silver” ranking and nearly 3,500 a “Bronze” ranking. Gold schools ranked the highest for college readiness.

Report: Suspension rates higher among special needs students

In disciplinary matters involving special needs students, schools could end up taking some very serious and impactful actions. This includes deciding to pursue a suspension against the student in question.

School suspensions can have major impacts on the life and educational well-being of students with disabilities. In some situations, such suspensions might even amount to being functionally equivalent to an expulsion.

The unique needs of students with learning disabilities

One thing that can have major impacts on a student with a learning disability is whether they get the support necessary to meet their education needs.

Now, at the elementary and secondary school levels, there are laws here in the U.S. which give students with disabilities special protections when it comes to their education.

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