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  • National implications of CA consent decree

    In the form of a federal court order, California is leading the way in special education with a lesson that is a warning to the rest of the nation–do your due diligence in finding then supporting students with disabilities.

  • Preparing for literally nothing

    It’s doubtful that President Trump’s proposal drastically reducing next year’s education funding will be fully embraced by Congress. Nevertheless, in your planning it would be best to adopt the ancient axiom of prudent budgeting: “Plan for the worst, hope for the best.”

  • Essential factors for inclusive preschools

    Inclusive programs must have administrators dedicated to the principles inherent in the concept of least restrictive environment, and those leaders need to be tireless in fostering the elements necessary for appropriate inclusion.

  • FAPE comes back, bigger than ever

    The recent unanimous Supreme Court decision for Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District made it utterly clear, for anyone who might have imagined otherwise, that free appropriate public education has implications way beyond following mandated procedures. There’s a little thing called student progress that matters as well.

  • Preparing for a future with uncertain funding

    For program administrators only one scenario is more disconcerting than funding clouds on the horizon, and that is when the view is obscured by fog. Unfortunately, that situation is where future federal appropriations emerge this spring. Accordingly, preparation for the coming year requires a very conservative approach.