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Meeting Federal and State Requirements

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School entities are required to follow the mandates of federal and state laws and regulations in providing free appropriate education to students with disabilities. This site offers resources to assist in meeting those requirements.

  • Jun23

    U.S. Department of Education Launches New IDEA Website

    The U.S. Department of Education launched a new website dedicated to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Read more…

  • Jun22

    Report on Homeless Students Released

    A report, Hidden in Plain Sight: Homeless Students in America’s Public School examines the growing problem of student homelessness by interviewing and surveying currently and formerly homeless students and the state coordinators and local liaisons assigned to help them. Written by a team of researchers at Civic Enterprises, the study was released by America’s Promise Alliance, a leader of the GradNation campaign. Read more…

  • Jun22

    Data Show Chronic Absenteeism is Widespread and Prevalent Among All Student Groups

    A new analysis from the U.S. Department of Education shows that chronic absenteeism impacts students in all parts of the country and is prevalent among all races, as well as students with disabilities. The first-ever national comprehensive data collected on chronic absenteeism reveal that more than six million students—or thirteen percent of all students—missed at least fifteen days of school in the 2013-14 school year. The data paint a striking picture of how many students miss three weeks or more of school each year. Read more…

  • Jun22

    Persistent Disparities Found Through Comprehensive Civil Rights Survey

    The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently unveiled new data from the 2013-2014 school year showing gaps that still remain too wide in key areas affecting educational equity and opportunity for students, including incidents of discipline, restraint and seclusion, access to courses and programs that lead to college and career readiness, teacher equity, rates of retention, and access to early learning. Read more…

  • Jun21

    GAO Report on Racial Discrimination

    Recent literature shows that poor and minority students may not have full access to educational opportunities. The Government Accounting Office (GAO) was asked to examine poverty and race in schools and efforts by the Departments of Education and Justice, which are responsible for enforcing federal civil rights laws prohibiting racial discrimination against students. Read more…

  • May26

    Foster Care Transition Toolkit Offers Tips for Helping Foster Youth Succeed as Adults

    The U.S. Department of Education recently released a new toolkit to inspire and support current and former foster youth pursuing college and career opportunities. The Foster Care Transition Toolkit includes tips and resources intended to help foster youth access and navigate social, emotional, educational and skills barriers as they transition into adulthood. Read more…

  • May13

    New Grad Nation Report Released

    The 2016 Building a Grad Nation Report written annually by Civic Enterprises and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University, and released in partnership with America’s Promise Alliance and the Alliance for Excellent Education, examines the progress and challenges the nation faces in reaching the Grad Nation goal of a national on-time graduation rate of 90 percent by the Class of 2020. Read more…

  • May05

    U.S. Department of Education Releases Report on Office for Civil Rights to Ensure Educational Equity for All Students

    The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights released its fiscal year 2015 annual report highlighting efforts during the last year to protect students’ civil rights and increase educational equity nationwide. Read more…

  • May05

    Education Department Announces New Tools to Support Successful Reentry for Formerly Incarcerated Youth and Adults

    The U.S. Department of Education, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, announced today $5.7 million in new grants aimed at improving outcomes for students who have been involved in the criminal justice system. The Department also released a new toolkit providing guidance to educators and others to support a successful reentry system for formerly incarcerated youth and adults. Read more…

  • May05

    Report on Career and Technical Education (CTE) in High School

    Fordham’s latest study uses data from Arkansas to explore whether students benefit from CTE coursework—and, more specifically, from focused sequences of CTE courses aligned to certain industries. The study also describes the current landscape, including which students are taking CTE courses, how many courses they’re taking, and which ones. Read more…