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Give Me A Voice And I Will Show You My Soul

Heidi LoStracco | Posted 04.07.2014 | Impact
Heidi LoStracco

Our dream remains to change the world -- one voice at a time. For some, it has done just that.

Joy Resmovits

These Students Want College Degrees, But They're Getting Left Behind

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.27.2014 | College

When he was a kid, Will Farrior was "just like your average child and student making A's and B's while participating in extracurricular activities," t...

Joy Resmovits

Blind Students Promised Fair Access To Common Core Tests

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics

Just five weeks after a New Milford, N.J., family filed a federal lawsuit, a major standardized-testing consortium tasked with writing exams tied to t...

Joy Resmovits

New York Wants To Give Special Education Kids Easier Tests Like 'The Old South,' Advocate Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Should students with disabilities be held to the same academic standards and tests as other kids their age? That decades-old question is being revi...

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3 Ways Districts Can Pay For Special Education Students: Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics

With the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act floating in legislative limbo, a conservative think tank is providing states and school districts...

Joy Resmovits

'You Can't Get Blood From A Stone' Budget Cuts Hurt Most Vulnerable Students

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.14.2013 | Politics

For American students with disabilities, class sizes are increasing, services are waning and providers are disappearing. More than half of parents who...

The College Lifestyle Challenges for Students With Disabilities

Helen Okobokekeimei | Posted 11.20.2013 | College
Helen Okobokekeimei

College students may have disabilities despite their youth. College administrators and officials, staff members, professors and non-disabled students should get real and accommodate students with disabilities with eagerness and empathy.

Illinois Students With Disabilities Will Now Be Able To Opt Out Of Gym Class

Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 07.29.2013 | Chicago

Student-athletes with disabilities in Illinois will now be able to opt out of gym class, just like their non-disabled student-athlete peers. Illin...

Outrage Over Class Photo: 'Adults Should Know Better'

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.19.2013 | Parents

A school photo that depicts a disabled student sitting conspicuously apart from the rest of his classmates was retaken after the boy's outraged parent...

LOOK: Why This Dog Got A Special Place In The Yearbook

Posted 06.06.2013 | Teen

As the class of 2013 was preparing to say their goodbyes and move on to the next stage of their lives, so was another member of the school community: ...

Joy Resmovits

Civil Rights Groups Say 'Not So Fast' On NCLB Waivers

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics

As droves of states wiggle out from some of the toughest components of the much-maligned federal No Child Left Behind Act, school districts in states ...

'I Remind Myself That I Am Not Stupid, Only ­Different'

| Posted 04.17.2013 | Teen

This is a teen-written article from our friends at Teenink.com. By gogettergirl95, Roswell, GA People are often surprised when I tell them that ...

Ed Tonight: Detroit School Closures, Kristof On Pre-K

Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.26.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

Today In School Closures... Detroit is slated to close even more schools, reports CBS. Enrollment in the Motor City has dwindled from 150,000 to a projected 40,000. "A deficit elimination plan obtained by The Detroit News says the district will close 28 schools [by 2016]," CBS reports. "The closures are expected to save DPS about $13.4 million in operating expenses, but hundreds of district employees will be out of a job." The Free Press has a letter from emergency manager Roy Roberts to the district's employees: DPS has "accelerated the time line for its return to complete fiscal stability," he wrote. But Roberts hasn't said which schools will be shuttered.

Father Of Student With Disabilities Questions Son's High Grades

Posted 12.14.2012 | Education

The father of a Georgia high school student with severe mental disabilities says the As his son is earning in core subjects are a complete sham. We...

Funding the Future: Pushing Kids Off the Cliff?

Maya Wiley | Posted 01.29.2013 | Black Voices
Maya Wiley

Now, with President Obama having won his reelection campaign and with a Democrat-controlled Senate and Republican-controlled House, where do we stand on education funding? On a cliff. The "fiscal cliff" as it's called.

Shutting Down the School to Prison Pipeline

Tamar Birckhead | Posted 12.25.2012 | Crime
Tamar Birckhead

If you sit in juvenile delinquency court long enough, you notice a few things. Most of the kids are black or brown. Almost all of the families are poor. And a huge percentage of the children have problems in school - learning difficulties, mental health needs, behavioral issues, or all three.

Joy Resmovits

Nobody Asked If U.S. Special Ed Transition Programs Work, Report Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.07.2012 | Education

Thirty-six hours after Marlyn Wells gave birth to Anna, she learned her daughter had Down syndrome. Just a few years later, the family started talking...

Teachers-in-Training Should Not Be Designated 'Highly Qualified'

John Affeldt | Posted 10.03.2012 | Education
John Affeldt

Let's call the HQT amendment what it really is: a farce of a law that undermines equal access to fully trained teachers for our neediest students

Education Department Revamps Broken Disability Review Program

propublica | Sasha Chavkin | Posted 07.19.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of ProPublica. The Education Department proposed new rules on Tuesday to revamp its troubled program for forgiving...

Joy Resmovits

Locking Johnny In Seclusion Doesn't Help Violent Students

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.13.2012 | Education

During Elijah's early years in school, Debbie Jackson, his single mother, routinely came home to hear messages of his screams on her answering machine...

High School Sports Age Limit Put To Vote

AP | Posted 05.08.2012 | Detroit

GAYLORD, Mich. -- The council that governs high school sports in Michigan recommended Monday that the age limit for sports eligibility be lifted under...

Student With Disability Fights To Play Sports

AP | JEFF KAROUB | Posted 05.03.2012 | Detroit

LANSING, Mich. -- A 19-year-old with Down syndrome took his case for high school sports eligibility to state lawmakers Wednesday, arguing that Michiga...

Vision-Impaired Student Allegedly Taped To Chair By Teacher

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 03.13.2012 | Education

A teacher at the Friendship Public Charter School in Washington D.C., was fired after she allegedly taped Christian Washington, a 9-year-old vision-im...

Boy With Autism Allegedly Forced To Sit In Box During Class

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 02.29.2012 | Education

Sage Rollins, a 10-year-old boy with autism at Ronald Reagan Elementary School in Wildomar, Calif., told his mother his teacher made him sit in a card...

The Need to Believe in the Ability of Disability

Scott Barry Kaufman | Posted 04.02.2012 | Education
Scott Barry Kaufman

So what tips the scale of achievement one direction or the other for different students? We believe that expectations play a much larger role than most people realize.