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Zirkel, Perry A.; Gischlar, Karen L. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2008
The primary purpose of this article is to track the trend in the number of due process hearings that have been adjudicated under the IDEA (i.e., in which the hearing officer issued a written decision) nationally for the past 15 years. The secondary purpose is to rank order the states by the number of adjudicated hearings both on an overall basis…
Descriptors: Civil Rights, Hearings, Disabilities, Special Education
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Hazelkorn, Michael; Packard, Abbot L.; Douvanis, Gus – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2008
Mediation was required by the Individuals With Disabilities Education (IDEA) 1997, and resolution sessions were added to the IDEA 2004. This study examines the perceptions of 260 special education directors in Georgia, Massachusetts, Washington, and Wisconsin to determine their perceptions regarding alternative dispute resolutions in which they…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Conflict Resolution, Special Education, Arbitration
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Billingsley, Bonnie S. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2007
In this case study, special educators left an urban district primarily because of personal reasons, dissatisfaction, and more attractive opportunities elsewhere. Findings suggest that the district might retain more teachers by designing responsive induction programs, improving work conditions, and providing teachers with opportunities to transfer…
Descriptors: Strategic Planning, Teacher Persistence, Special Education Teachers, Faculty Mobility
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Seese, Laura M.; Madaus, Joseph W.; Bray, Melissa A.; Kehle, Thomas J. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2007
Section 504 is a civil rights statute mandating that persons with disabilities have equal access to all programs receiving federal financial assistance. Many initially interpreted Section 504 as a prohibition against employment discrimination in the schools because the overall act was concerned primarily with discrimination in employment settings.…
Descriptors: Compliance (Legal), Federal Regulation, Benchmarking, Academic Accommodations (Disabilities)
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Frick, William C.; Faircloth, Susan C. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2007
This study examined secondary principals' perceptions of the phrase "the best interests of the student" as a viable professional ethic for the field of educational leadership. Findings indicate that participants make clear distinctions between the best interest of the student (one) and the best interests of students (as a group). These…
Descriptors: Interests, Instructional Leadership, Principals, Secondary Schools
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Thompson, James R.; O'Brian, Mary – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2007
A statewide survey of special education directors revealed that director of special education preparation programs should be time limited and offered in convenient locations to recruit the best possible pool of students and future directors. Current directors have come to their positions through numerous and diverse career paths. The lack of…
Descriptors: Educational Administration, Disabilities, Leadership, Special Education
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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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Johnson, David R.; Thurlow, Martha L.; Stout, Karen Evans; Mavis, Ann – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2007
In response to public demands for better-quality high school graduates and to requirements of No Child Left Behind legislation, states have developed a variety of policies such as high-stakes exit exams and diploma options. Additionally, under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments of 1997, students with disabilities must be…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, High Stakes Tests, High School Graduates, Exit Examinations
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Avoke, Selete Kofi; Simon-Burroughs, Marlene – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2007
Youth with disabilities from culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) backgrounds are at high risk for a number of negative postschool outcomes including high unemployment, low wages, and limited access to postsecondary education and training. Cultural and linguistic differences may negatively impact transition planning for these youth as they…
Descriptors: Transitional Programs, School Districts, Developmental Studies Programs, Academic Accommodations (Disabilities)
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Janson, Chris; Miller, Lynne Guillot; Rainey, Steve – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2007
This study investigated the attitudes of school counseling students toward working with students with disabilities. Q methodology was used to develop 43 opinion statements that reflected the attitudes toward providing school counseling services to students with disabilities. Fifty-one school counseling students then sorted these statements. Data…
Descriptors: Counseling Services, Q Methodology, Disabilities, School Counseling
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Sun, Christopher M. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2007
Students with disabilities have more barriers to independent living than other student populations. The current study examines the likelihood of independence for young people with disabilities by extending a model developed by the Heal and Rusch (1995) that used the National Longitudinal Transition Study (NLTS) from 1992. The current study employs…
Descriptors: Independent Living, Disabilities, Statistical Analysis, Special Needs Students
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Kosine, Natalie R. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2007
Students with learning disabilities are entering college at increasingly higher rates, but persistence and degree attainment is lower than that of their nondisabled peers. Poor transition planning has been identified as a likely contributor to this problem. In an effort to address the needs of these students, several studies have been conducted to…
Descriptors: Learning Disabilities, School Counseling, Special Education Teachers, School Counselors
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Albus, Deb; Thurlow, Martha; Clapper, Ann – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2006
The emphasis on research-based instructional methods makes it especially important for educators to be using instructional strategies known to be effective for English language learners (ELLs) with disabilities. Unfortunately, the literature base that addresses instructional strategies for diverse populations of students with varying language…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, State Standards, Second Language Instruction, Disabilities
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Casey, Ann – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2006
The topic of how best to serve English language learners (ELLs) with disabilities is an important one. The total population of ELLs, including those with disabilities, is rapidly increasing in schools. ELLs with disabilities can be found in rural, suburban, and urban districts. Some of the challenges of appropriately instructing these students may…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Disabilities, Special Education Teachers, English (Second Language)
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