special education

Lawmakers get sneak peek at paraeducator study

Brian Campion

*+-About half of Vermont administrators would prefer to reduce their reliance on paraprofessionals for special education, according to a yet-to-be released UMass study.

Students with learning disabilities receive unequal education, UVM prof says

Michael Giangreco

*+-The House Education Committee this week heard testimony that special education instruction by paraprofessionals instead of certified teachers is a “discriminatory practice.”

John Odum: The special ed question

*+-Currently, the state covers around 60 percent of the overall special education costs. What if the state covered 100 percent?

U-32 teacher selected as National LifeChanger Of The Year

*+-Judd Levine, a special education teacher at U-32 High School in East Montpelier, Vt., was recognized Wednesday as a national LifeChanger of the Year during a surprise ceremony in front of his colleagues.

Vermont receives high marks on special education determination

*+-News Release — Vt. Dept. of Education July 19, 2013 MONTPELIER – The State of Vermont has received the highest determination possible (a “meets requirements” rating) for its 2013 Annual Report on Special Education. Each year, every state and territory in the union is required to file an Annual Performance Report (APR) detailing activities and […]

Bill would attach strings to public funds to independent schools

*+-Proponents say the bill is about leveling the playing field for public schools; opponents say it shackles them with mandates that could spell their doom.

From the Vermont Department of Education: State’s special education report shows “positive growth”

*+-Vermont received approval ratings on 19 of the 20 required indicators for the 2010-2011 school year. The one indicator which was cited as needing additional improvement, not unlike many other state reports, is #13, dedicated to data on the success of local schools in preparation of post-secondary transition plans for students with disabilities.

Schneider: Mandates are pushing schools over the edge

*+-Over the course of two years, Williamstown will have had to redirect $540,000 or 5.5% of its total school budget away from regular education and into special education.

Team Vilaseca, meeting 4: Unified supervisory union districts; staff-to-student ratios, block grants for special ed on the table

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*+-Restructuring the school system could save $17 million a year — $36 million short of the Challenges for Change target.

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