Articles: Special Ed

New Directions for Special Ed

Mainstreaming, population shifts, early intervention and budget cuts create challenges and opportunities for district leaders.

Saying Goodbye to the 2 Percent Rule

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has urged more inclusion in the classroom and an end to the “2 percent rule,” which disguises the performance of students with special needs to boost a school’s scores.

Elevating Special Education

John O'Connor, executive director for special services at the DeKalb (Ga.) County School System, has helped reinvent instruction for special ed students.

RTI Goes Mainstream

Increased education funding and new software and products motivate more districts to buy in to Response-to-Intervention.

A Special Ed Alternative

A new private program for special education students helps administrators breathe easier and puts students on track for a successful future.

Desperately Seeking Special Ed Teachers

U.S. school districts seek qualified special educators. Offering supportive principals, strong mentoring programs and inclusive training programs.

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