The U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) recently notified the South Carolina Department of Education that they have to restore $111 million for services to students with disabilities or face a penalty of the same amount.  Policymakers in the state reduced their budget by $36 million in the 2009/10 school year and $75 million in the 2010/11 school year.

No more readers, no more scribes.  The days of dedicating staff and preparing homemade resources for assessments may be over when it comes to students with disabilities.  For years, teachers and parents have prepared an Individual Education Program for students who meet evaluation criteria for a disability category under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.  Part of that IEP includes testing accommodations when necessary.

Zero tolerance policies mandate certain punishments for offenses at school regardless of the circumstances. But questions about how those policies are enforced are being raised due to the high number of minority students and students with disabilities that are suspended each year.

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, The Council of State Governments recognizes that to compete with their international peers, American students must graduate from high school college and career ready.  If implemented properly and funded, ESEA reforms could be long-term steps towards economic recovery and sustainability;

This Act provides for scholarships for public school students with disabilities to attend other public or private schools. It provides for qualifications and criteria for the scholarship program and establishes certain requirements for schools that participate in the scholarship program.