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A Mother’s Plea: My Son Was Bullied for Having Special Needs. His San Diego Charter School Saved Him. Now, Please Save His School – This Week’s AcceliBEAT

March 1, 2019

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Happy Friday! This week’s round up begins with a mother’s call to keep a charter school open because the school provided a nurturing and safe environment for her child with special needs. In ed policy news, big changes are proposed by the Ed. Dept. for a new program that would provide up to $5 billion per year in federal tax credits to those who gave scholarships to children to attend private schools. The Ed. Dept. has also reduced staff in overseeing K-12 education in the past two years, which impacts state officials who need guidance on navigating federal laws such as ESSA. In other news, lawmakers across the country have introduced nearly 250 school safety bills so far; one Louisiana district used data to fix how mobility negatively affected performance; and dentists can no longer deny care of patients with physical or developmental disabilities. All this and more in this week’s AcceliBEAT!


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A Mother’s Plea: My Son Was Bullied for Having Special Needs. His San Diego Charter School Saved Him. Now, Please Save His School

Nothing prepares you for that moment when that trust is broken, and you watch your child struggle every day as the school allows him or her to be bullied.



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The Ed. Dept.’s Been Pared Back. Here’s What That Means for States

And there are big questions about how the changes—especially the staff reductions—are affecting the department’s core “customers”: state officials, who often look to the federal government for technical assistance and to explain ESSA.



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Education Secretary DeVos, Congressional Republicans to Propose $5 Billion Federal Tax Credit Scholarship Program to Support School Choice

The Ed. Dept. and congressional Republicans are proposing a new program that would provide up to $5 billion every year in federal tax credits for contributions to groups that give scholarships for children to attend other, typically private, schools.



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Postsecondary Programs More Inclusive, Report Finds

With an increasing number of colleges offering programs for those with intellectual disabilities, a new report suggests that the programs are becoming more inclusive and leading to better employment outcomes.




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How Our High-Poverty School Reduced Suspensions by 97%

This large Louisiana district used data to fix the way mobility negatively impacted performance.





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States Considering Nearly 250 School Safety Bills Already in 2019

Lawmakers in states across the country have introduced nearly 250 school safety bills so far in 2019, underscoring how front-and-center the issue remains.




No, Special Education Does Not Treat Disability like a Disease and Is Not ‘Obsessed’ with Forcing Students to Conform

The recent opinion piece titled “How special education is a prime example of our obsession with conformity” misrepresents the purpose and function of special education, and, in so doing, fails to advance efforts to respond appropriately to all forms of diversity in schools.



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Dentists No Longer Permitted to Turn Away Patients Due to Disabilities

The recent opinion piece titled “How special education is a prime example of our obsession with conformity” misrepresents the purpose and function of special education, and, in so doing, fails to advance efforts to respond appropriately to all forms of diversity in schools.




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