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Shepherd, Katharine G. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2006
Since 1990, Vermont legislation has required all schools to establish an Educational Support System (ESS) that provides a comprehensive set of supports and services designed to meet the needs of students with disabilities as well as those at risk of school failure. Given the need to promote the success of an increasingly heterogeneous group of…
Descriptors: Prereferral Intervention, High Risk Students, Instructional Leadership, Special Education
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Benzel, Brian L. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2005
Considerable debate exists about the failure of the federal government and the states to fully fund the special education mandates that have been placed into law and further expanded by case law. Work in local school districts is increasingly affected by the deliberate decisions that have created legal requirements for districts to provide…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Disabilities, Federal Government, Related Services (Special Education)
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Nagle, Katherine M.; Crawford, Jinny – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2005
Despite differences in geographic location, district size, and student characteristics, district special education leaders reflected similar views on opportunities and challenges of NCLBA. Challenges included making AYP, meeting the highly qualified teacher requirement, addressing budget shortfalls, aligning of federal policies, predicting the…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Educational Improvement, Educational Finance, Geographic Location
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Collins, Emily – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2005
In spite of various opinions about the requirements of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and of the newly reauthorized Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 2004 (IDEA) and the difficulties with implementing these federal laws, people are beginning to see positive outcomes and improvement in the academic performance of students with…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Disabilities, Cooperation, Special Education Teachers
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White, Deborah – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2005
The requirements of (NCLB) and the 2004 reauthorized Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) emphasize higher standards and achievement of all students. Fundamental changes are being implemented in organizing for instruction, staffing, and differentiating instruction. Leaders recognize the wall must come down between general and special education…
Descriptors: Educational Needs, General Education, Federal Legislation, Disabilities
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Mittnacht, Marcia – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2005
Funding special education is an ongoing subject of discussion and debate. It is also exceedingly complex. One state's funding methodology is rarely, if ever, completely comparable to another's, and yet people are constantly comparing them in search of the right one. In this article, the author suggests that people are looking in the wrong places…
Descriptors: Special Education, Educational Environment, General Education, Federal Legislation
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Faust, John – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2004
Recent legislation from IDEA 1997 to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act--Revised of 2002 (No Child Left Behind) and the pending reauthorization of the IDEA--present challenges for administrators of special education programs and building-level administrators that oversee educational programs for all students on a daily basis. This article…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Accountability, Special Education
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Livovich, Michael – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2004
There has been a continuing drama over the unanswered question of whether students with disabilities deserve a high school diploma. Currently, a student is awarded a high school diploma if he or she meets local standards and if he or she passes the state's competency test of if his or her passage of the Indiana Standardized Test of Educational…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Standardized Tests, Policy Analysis, Politics of Education
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Eicher, Doug – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2003
This commentary discusses the decrease in educational funding, the increase of mandates under the No Child Left Behind Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and the possible conflicts between general and special education. Administrators and educators are urged to work together to meet the needs of all students. (CR)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Disabilities, Educational Finance, Educational Legislation
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Garcia, Carlos A. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2003
This article describes how the Clark County School District in Las Vegas was reorganized to provide a greater emphasis on site-based management and a responsive centralized support system. Central to the reorganization was the development of a single division to support students with special needs. Barriers to collaboration are discussed. (CR)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Compensatory Education, Disabilities, Educational Innovation
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