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About That Charter School Funding Study…

A recent University of Arkansas Department of Education Reform report concluded charter schools receive less funding than traditional public schools across the country. But that study only looked at revenue, argues Rutgers University researcher Bruce Baker in a new National Education Policy Center review, and ignores the complex financial relationships between school districts and charter […]

Why Parents Could Get More Control Over Their Child’s Special Education Plan

Right now, schools determine whether to move a student into special education classes. But a proposed bill in Tallahassee would give parents of children with special needs more power over their education. Fort Lauderdale 6th grader Mariah Harris has Down syndrome, and she wants to be a veterinary technician. “My dream is to go to […]

Hillsborough Parents Want Better Training for School Employees Working With Disabled

Since January three Hillsborough County students with disabilities have died during school-related events. Isabella Herrera, 7, died in January after she had trouble breathing on a school bus. Jesse Shillingford, 15, drowned at a back-to-school party hosted by a charter school. And Jennifer Caballero, 11, wandered away from a gym class — and five aides […]

Georgia Threatens To Close K12-run Online Charter School

The Georgia Department of Education is threatening to close an online charter school run by K12, the nation’s largest online education company, over issues with special education students. The agency issued a report last week that the K12-run Georgia Cyber Academy has repeatedly failed to comply with the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and […]

Autistic Tampa Student Will Attend His Neighborhood Middle School

After waiting 57 days since the school year began, Henry Frost will be able to cross the street and walk less than the length of two football fields to attend his neighborhood middle school. Frost has been taking courses at home while engaged in a dispute with Hillsborough County schools over where he should attend. […]

No Election Day Break For The State Board Of Education

Election Day isn’t keeping the State Board of Education from meeting this week in Boca Raton. The panel has a full agenda on Election Day that includes a discussion of whether to appeal court rulings in two lawsuits: Teacher evaluations –  The Florida Education Association and two named teachers sued the State Board of Education […]

Feedback Loop: Autistic Student, Or Student With Autism?

Our story about Henry Frost’s efforts to enroll in his neighborhood school also sparked a discussion about language. Dean McIntosh criticized our describing Frost as a “student with autism.” The debate is over what’s known as “people first” language — that is emphasizing the person over the diagnosis. But McIntosh says you can’t separate autism […]

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