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Feds' special ed cash infusion helpful: more is needed, though

Saying that the federal government is "committed to promoting equity and excellence at every level of the education system," a ranking official with the U.S. Department of Education announced last week an infusion of new money earmarked for enhanced training programs in American colleges and universities.

Report criticizes state for lapses re special ed funding

California's top-ranking educational official is notably piqued and unreceptive regarding successive reports that are quite critical of the state's Department of Education concerning its oversight of hundreds of millions of dollars earmarked toward special education initiatives.

Fed concern: disproportionality in states' special ed programs

A recent federal government study indicates that a mere fraction of school districts across the country -- in fact, just a paltry 2 percent -- report that there is an excessive number of non-white children in their special education programs. That conclusion is arrived at, notes a recent media article discussing special education and minorities, "when states use their own methods" for gauging participation in such programs.

It's stories like these that compel special education scrutiny

No reasonable person doubts that legions of individuals employed in the realm of special education -- across its entire spectrum, in every occupation -- are morally outstanding people who make best efforts at all times to treat disabled children with love and dignity and promote their learning.

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