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Harper, John – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2012
This article provides background and commentary on the articles in this issue of "Journal of Special Education Leadership." Each of the articles describes the agonizing choices and constant struggles in the evolving educational landscape. Two themes emerged: (1) the conflicting intersection of the Individuals with Disabilities…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Career Development, Special Education, Disabilities
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Scribner, Kent Paredes – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2012
The author of this article provides commentary on four articles published in this issue: (1) "Leadership for Rich Learning in High-Poverty Schools" (Oyler and Fuentes); (2) "Suspended in Liminal Space: Special Education Administrators and the Decade of Educational Reform within the NYC School System" (Connor); (3)…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Disabilities, School Personnel, Leadership
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Riley, David P. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2008
Five years ago, the "Journal of Special Education Leadership" (JSEL) dedicated a special issue to "Critical Issues in Urban Special Education" and offered insights into the challenges of special education leadership in urban school districts. These perspectives focused on access to the curriculum, school-wide behavior supports,…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Suspension, Disproportionate Representation, School Districts
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Thomas, Nancy – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2007
Leadership in schools matters today more than ever, since school leaders are faced with leading schools through an era of profound social change that has required fundamental rethinking of what schools do and how they do it. The challenges facing educational leadership have grown tremendously in recent years because of increased public…
Descriptors: Boards of Education, Instructional Leadership, Special Education, Administrators
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Collins, Jeanne – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2007
The author recently left her position as special services director in an urban school district in Vermont, a state that embraces inclusion for students with disabilities, to accept the position of superintendent of schools in the same district. The new job requires overseeing the educational mission of six elementary schools, two middle schools, a…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Middle Schools, Disabilities, 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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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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Milliken, Steve – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2003
This article discusses the role of special education administrators in leading the way for changes in special education during the reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The need for administrator advocacy for streamlined paperwork, the response to intervention model, and the provision of highly qualified staff is…
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Change Strategies, Child Advocacy, Disabilities
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Reeves, Jennifer Esler – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2002
A school superintendent looks at new demands on public education to "leave no child behind" and urges: (1) preservice training in learning processes for all teachers; (2) administrator training in curriculum best practices; (3) collaboration between regular and special educators; (4) provision of specialist skills in individual cases; and (5)…
Descriptors: Administrator Education, Disabilities, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education
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Schneider, Kenneth E. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2002
Discussion of the effect of minimum competency tests for graduation notes both positive (such as greater access to the general curriculum) and negative (such as increased referrals to special education) to improve a school's overall scores. Continually changing special education procedures are seen, however, to have led to a decline in teachers…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Educational Change, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education
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