Tuesday, September 27, 2016
The U S Department of Education last week issued guidance concerning English Language Learners. The press release notes that ...
In the 2014-15 school year, more than 4.8 million English learners were enrolled in U.S. schools in grades K-12. English learners comprise nearly 10 percent of the student population nationwide, a figure that has more than doubled in the past few decades, and in many schools, districts and states, English learners are an even higher percentage of the student population. Estimates suggest that this number may be even higher for learners under the age of six...
Monday, September 26, 2016
Friday, September 23, 2016
We have sent a questionnaire to the Republican and Democratic candidates for President of the United States. The questionnaire seeks their opinions on special education issues, some of which were suggested by our readers in response to one of our weekly questions. So far neither has responded. We will update with any responses we do receive.
In the meantime, here are some other indications of education positions: BallotPedia has set forth the 2016 presidential candidates' positions on education as they have described them themselves here. Here is a summary of key education positions of the candidates by Education Week. This article in The Atlantic concerns education policies of the two major party candidates. Please let us know your reactions. You may also find some information on the candidates' positions on their own campaign websites. How important is the position of the presidential candidates on education to you?
Monday, September 19, 2016
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Breaking:GAO Study Finds School Chioce Programs Are Growing and May Violate IDEA #school choice #GAO
A recent study by the General Accountability Office finds that school choice programs are growing. The study casts some doubt upon whether the school choice programs are in compliance with the provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act requiring private schools to conduct child find and provide equitable services to students with disabilities.
The report finds that "officials in all four states GAO visited—comprising half of all private choice programs and two-thirds of participating students—said that vouchers and ESAs complicate their efforts to implement these requirements. Further, although Education officials said that a student’s participation in private school choice programs does not affect the federal equitable services requirements, officials GAO spoke to in two states expressed confusion about whether a student’s participation in these programs changed their eligibility for these services."