Alternative Placement for “Assignment Refusal” – a Helpful Strategy?

What does the law state regarding a student who is in mainstream classes yet refuses to do any assignments? He just doesn’t care. The staff has made extra effort to Continue Reading →

“Something is Very Wrong When Our Children Are at Risk in School”

A 14-year old student in a special education classroom in Texas, Cedric lived with a foster family because of a history of neglect, including malnutrition. One day in 2002, his Continue Reading →

Teacher Fired, Isolation Room Closed, Lawsuit Pending

The following video (taken from a school surveillance tape) is a shocking report of videotaped abuse of a 14 year old boy who has autism. [Video no longer available] This Continue Reading →

“I Urge You to Ensure That Every Student in Every School is Safe and Protected”

In a July 31 letter, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan described his reaction to testimony before Congress on the use of restraints and seclusion in public schools. He advised school Continue Reading →

Stop Bullying Now! Free DVD Toolkits Available for Educators and Parents

UPDATE: New URL address for Stop Bullying is http://www.stopbullying.gov/ On the “Kids” tab you’ll find the webisodes/videos and more games at the “take a stand” link. http://takeastand.stopbullying.gov/kids/ On the “Teens Continue Reading →

OSEP Publishes Revised Q/A on Discipline

The implementing federal special education regulations for IDEA 2004 became effective in October 2006. Additional regulations were published in December 2008. In June 2009, OSEP published a revised series of Continue Reading →