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Twice exceptional, doubly disadvantaged? How schools struggle to serve gifted students with disabilities in This Week’s AcceliBEAT

May 17, 2019

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Happy Friday! Our featured article this week focuses on the struggle to serve gifted students with disabilities and the new initiatives schools are implementing to evoke change. In ed policy news, the U.S. Department of Education is fighting to delay a special education regulation that would stunt “Equity in IDEA” regulations. In other news, a rising DC Charter school is promoting computer science and innovation; a study finds wide gaps in support for job seekers with Autism; and a Virginia Special Education classroom gets an incredible transformation. All this and more in this week’s AcceliBEAT!


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Twice exceptional, doubly disadvantaged? How schools struggle to serve gifted students with disabilities

Parents say it’s often impossible to find schools to educate bright kids who have disabilities. Now some are fighting to change that.




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The All-Black and Latino School Where Every Kid Can Code

Computer science-focused schools are not so rare anymore. Neither are those that mention “innovation” and “21st century skills” in their mission statements. But the Digital Pioneers Academy does those things while serving a student population that is 100 percent black and Latino.




Special needs classroom

These Virginia teachers couldn’t afford their dream classroom, so a group of strangers made it for them

Some Virginia teachers couldn’t afford their dream classroom, so a group of strangers made it for them.




Autistic job seeker

Study Finds ‘Huge Gaps’ In Support For Job Seekers With Autism

Many people with autism are not getting the assistance they’re entitled to from a government program that’s supposed to help individuals with disabilities land jobs.




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Overlooked: How Teacher Training Falls Short for English-Learners and Students With IEPs

English-language learners and students with disabilities—groups of children once taught in isolated classrooms with specially trained instructors—spend more time in general education classrooms now than in years past.




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After Proposing Cut, Trump Now Seeks Funding For Special Olympics

President Donald Trump is attempting to make good on his promise to continue providing federal funding for Special Olympics.




Computer science teacher

This Tennessee educator wants to build the future of computer science, especially for students of color

Mehreen Butt has helped to build an award-winning computer science program at a Nashville charter school – and she’s doing it in part for other young women of color like her.




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Trump Administration To Appeal Special Ed Ruling

The U.S. Department of Education is fighting to delay a special education regulation two months after a federal judge found that the agency’s efforts to do so were illegal.






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