ESEA Insider News - Page 3

  • Community awareness needed for underserved groups

    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.

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  • Surprise! Federal education law is pro-immigration

    Communities may worry about future prospects for educating immigrants, especially in light of the tone of some of the current rhetoric from our nation’s Capitol. However, the Every Student Succeeds Act strongly supports the achievement of every student–with a firm commitment to those coming from abroad.

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  • Alternatives to retention for students with disabilities

    As students with poor academic skills move through the grades, their peers outperform them at a rate that is almost exponential. Since retention is rarely the best option, educators must be ready to employ other more suitable interventions.

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  • Scrupulously avoid retaining students with disabilities

    The retention of any pupil is a weighty matter, but for students with disabilities it is an action that should be a matter of last resort, applied only when other ways to improve academic proficiency are lacking. The reasoning for that admonition is the primary subject of this column.

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  • DeVos confirmation and charters under ESSA

    During congressional hearings, Betsy DeVos, the new Secretary of Education, was not particularly forthcoming about her view on a number of national issues pertinent to education. However, based on her past performance and comments, there is one point on which the educational community can be absolutely certain–she’s enthusiastic about charters.

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