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High Expectations for Students with Multiple Impairments – AcceliBEAT Weekly Round Up
We wish our readers a happy Passover and Easter this weekend! Our featured article spotlights the insights of a group of special educators, who implemented new academic standards for their students with multiple disabilities. Over six years, their work showed that when teachers believe and...
New Federal Funding Bill Pours Money into School Safety & Early Education
In this week’s top story, new federal funding, which includes a 5.5% increase in the Ed. Department’s budget, is aimed at expanding access and resources for school-based mental health services, increasing special education grants under IDEA, and more. On Monday, the Texas Education Agency released...
National Youth Violence Prevention Week Starts Today!
National Youth Violence Prevention Week (March 19-23), organized by Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) and Sandy Hook Promise, raises awareness and educates students, teachers, school administrators, counselors, school resource officers, school staff, parents, and the public on effective ways to prevent or reduce youth Violence.  This week long national...
Florida Becomes First State to Offer Bullied Students Vouchers for Private School
This week’s round up includes several big education policy stories. Our featured article spotlights the Florida education bill that includes a new voucher program for victims of bullying by offering them up to $6,800/year for tuition costs at a private school. However, educators are split...
Hillsborough County Public Schools Awards Medicaid Billing Contract to Accelify
Accelify Solutions, LLC (Accelify), a leading provider of special education management systems, is pleased to announce that Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) has awarded a contract to Accelify to provide Medicaid billing software products and services. Under the contract awarded, HCPS will implement Accelify’s industry...
School Counseling Resources Stretched Thin at Most Schools – AcceliBEAT Weekly Round Up
Happy National Social Work Week! We’d like to take this opportunity to commend and celebrate the work of school social workers across the nation and the impact they have on students. While that impact is valued tremendously, especially in light of the recent attention to...
Highlights from the AASA Annual Report on the Impact of Medicaid Cuts on Schools
Since 1988 Federal law has allowed schools to bill Medicaid for medically necessary services provided to children with an individualized education plan (IEP) under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Despite the complexities involved with billing Medicaid for these services, the benefits are rewarding...
Special Education Enrollment on Upward Trend in Charter Schools – AcceliBEAT Weekly Round Up
Happy March to all our readers! We head into the weekend with major news from the US Department of Education, which officially delayed a rule by two years that requires states to monitor how school districts identify and serve minority students with disabilities. A contributing...
Accelify Solutions Joins IMS Global Learning Consortium
Accelify Solutions, LLC (Accelify), a leading provider of special education management systems, is pleased to announce it has attained IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS) conformance certification for OneRoster v1.1. As the leading provider of open interoperability standards for educational institutions, suppliers, and government organizations, IMS...
House Lawmakers Approve Changes To Americans With Disabilities Act – AcceliBEAT Weekly Round Up
Despite disability advocacy groups fighting the pending ADA Education and Reform Act last week, this week the bill passed with a vote of 225 to 192, raising concerns that disability rights will be pushed back to before ADA protections were in place. Also in disability-related...