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  • ESEA, Civil Rights, and English Learners

    The initial version of this column ran on November 29, 2016.

    Entitlements delivered via the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and civil protections ensured under federal law merge in effective program delivery for English Learners. To guard against possible financial penalties and discriminatory practices, program managers are urged to maintain ongoing monitoring of many overlapping activities.

  • Behavioral interventions must maintain FAPE, ED says

    The initial version of this column ran on August 9, 2016.

    The U.S. Department of Education issued an advisory letter just about a year ago reminding educators that short-term suspensions for students with disabilities may impinge on free appropriate public education as guaranteed under federal law.

  • The cornerstones of accountability for SWD

    This column originally ran on March 7, 2017.

    In general, when all the federal requirements for measuring the progress of students with disabilities are solidified, there will be at least six areas for which every school will be held accountable. These are:

  • Re-emphasizing the Title IX imperative

    This column originally ran on April 20.

    Allegations against celebrities along with a recent resolution agreement between a California district and the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights should be stark reminders that schools must be vigilant about policies and practices regarding harassment and hostile environments.

  • Community awareness needed for underserved groups

    This column originally ran on February 28, 2017.

    The special education department has an obligation to inform the community about dynamic issues relevant to students with disabilities. Recent briefs from the U.S. Department of Education should serve as an impetus to fulfill this responsibility for three subpopulations that are often unrecognized.