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While not all students with Tourette Syndrome (TS) will require an Individualized Education Program (IEP) in order to receive a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE), there are some students with TS for whom an IEP is an educational necessity. This article will discuss the initial IEP process as required by the federal IDEA. Find the […]

Do bias or inappropriate practice play a role in the placement of culturally and linguistically diverse students in special education? Is the representation of low-income students in special education programs larger than their representation in the school population at your child’s school? This brief will review the problem “overrepresentation” in special education programs, the causes, and […]

March 2015 A legacy training module from NICHCY In delivering services to infants and toddlers and their families under Part C of the IDEA, the lead agency and its early intervention service (EIS) providers collect information about the infant or toddler and his or her family. This includes personally identifiable information that is subject to privacy protections […]

March 2015 A legacy training module from NICHCY The procedural safeguards in Part C of IDEA are designed to protect the rights of parents and their infant or toddler with a disability, as well as give families and early intervention lead agencies a way to resolve disputes. This training module takes a detailed look at the procedural safeguards […]

This study, appearing in School Community Journal, investigated the effects of early intervention settings on the extent of parent involvement in IDEA Part C Infant and Toddler Programs. Results showed that provision of early intervention entirely or partially outside a family’s home were associated with minimal parent involvement. More than 50% of the parents, regardless […]

Schools and districts collect a lot of information about students. Empowered parents should demand to get value out of these data. Here are questions parents can ask of their school officials to ensure that their child is on track to graduate college and career ready.

The Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) created this guidance document to help parents help their child join the millions of children with food allergy who attend school safely every day. The guidance addresses the parents’ roles in becoming proactive participants in a partnership to help manage food allergies in the school setting. (Note: FARE […]

This guidance, issued on November 12, 2014, by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, together with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, addresses the rights of public elementary and secondary students with hearing, vision, or speech disabilities to effective communication. The guidance, in […]

A new fact sheet, Educational Services for Immigrant Children and Those Recently Arrived to the United States, from the U.S. Department of Education, provides information to help families, parent centers, advocates and education leaders better understand the responsibilities of States and local educational agencies (LEAs) in connection with immigrant students, and the existing resources available […]

On July 25, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education released new guidance for schools and districts on how to keep parents and students better informed about what student data is collected and how it is used. The new guidance recommends that schools and districts provide parents with information, such as: What information are you collecting about students? […]