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Already the lowest nationwide, Mississippi's graduation rate for students with disabilities fell an additional half-percentage point in 2013, according to the latest figures.
New numbers: 22.5 percent graduated in Mississippi versus 69.1 percent nationally.
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As states submit detailed blueprints for improving special education performance, a look back at Education Week archives shows that balancing compliance and performance has been a long-standing issue. http://ow.ly/LgGeC
As states submit detailed blueprints for improving special education performance, a look back at Education Week archives shows that balancing compliance and performance has been a long-standing issue.
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Mississippi senators have agreed to let a small percentage of special education students use public money to go to private schools. http://ow.ly/KTxx3
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Learning to ask for help is an important step for kids. Self-advocacy skills can give them the confidence to ask for what they need. Get some tips here: http://ow.ly/KKMFo
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Harry Potter Star Daniel Radcliffe is speaking out for kids with dyspraxia. Find out how motor skills issues affect the actor and the advice he gives: http://ow.ly/KKMk4
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One special education rule is that parents should work with teachers. But sometimes special education language is too hard for parents and they may not understand their rights or responsibilities. Check out this blogpost on how special ed lingo is getting harder to understand
A study found that official language in special education has gotten harder to read over time.
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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to step into a case involving allegations that a Pennsylvania school district systematically funneled a disproportionate number of African-American students into special education. Learn more:
Black parents in the Pennsylvania district of Lower Merion had argued the district disproportionately enrolled black students in special education.
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Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is expected to sign a bill launching a pilot program that would provide state funds to students with disabilities that they can then use for educational expenses, including private school tuition, therapy, and tutoring. http://ow.ly/L1ih0
Gov. Phil Bryant has signaled his intent to sign a bill that would provide $6,500 yearly that students with disabilities can use on educational expenses.
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Special ed costs weigh down Detroit schools resulting in some students sometimes going without needed services as the cost of educating several thousand special-needs students is itself a driver of DPS' deficit, which rose to $170 million in the last fiscal year. Learn more:
DPS outpaces other area districts in spending, number of students needing assistance
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More students with disabilities are leaving school with a regular diploma, according to statistics from the U.S. Department of Education. http://ow.ly/KJxmZ
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The ACLU of Ohio says that Cuyahoga County and local school districts fail to provide needed services to special education students while they are in juvenile detention. It's asking the state to step in. http://ow.ly/KDX7y
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Parents are able to appeal due-process decisions to a federal court, but districts have no such right when they have disputes with state departments of education, according to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. http://ow.ly/KxEyU
Parents are able to appeal due-process decisions to a federal court, but districts have no such right when they have disputes with state departments of education, according to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
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Advocating for African American families with children who learn differently.
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The National Association for the Education of African American Children with Learning Differences (AACLD) is a non profit 501(c)(3) organization founded by a mother and her two sons for the purpose of increasing awareness in minority communities about learning differences and promoting parent advocacy. The AACLD has grown to serve thousands of African American families throughout the United States. 

In addition, it has continued to serve the broader public by responding to an extraordinary number of requests for information nationwide from a very diverse audience including teachers, public and private K-12 schools, colleges and universities, social service agencies, psychologists, hospitals, churches, lawyers, parent groups, and other organizations.

The AACLD is continuously called upon to assist in bringing minority issues in special education to public attention. In a relatively short period of time, the AACLD has become a respected and important contributor to initiatives that support appropriate and fair educational placement and services for African American children. The innovative nature of the AACLD cannot be minimized as a partner in the country's rush to improve student achievement.
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