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Posted June 30, 2021

Biden Pledged to Overturn Trump’s Education Policies. So, How’s It Going?

When the U.S. Senate confirmed Dr. Miguel Cardona as President Joe Biden’s Education Secretary in March 2021, legislators handed him a huge stinking mess, courtesy…

By Laura Waters

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Posted May 12, 2021

Special and General Education Students Can Coexist and Benefit From Each Other in a Safe Learning Environment

“Ms. Green, did you know that I have autism?” Andrew asked as I discussed our new lesson, “Communicating with Persons with Disabilities.” I was stunned,…

By Scoie Green

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Posted Feb. 1, 2021

As a Mom of a Son With Multiple Disabilities, I Have the Receipts on Remote Instruction

Here at brightbeam, our North Star is “How Are The Children?” As parents look back over the last nine months of COVID-related school disruptions and…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Jan. 27, 2021

I’m Glad To Be Back in the Classroom. My Students Need Me.

November 12th was our first day of school in-person since March of last year. On my drive to school, I was excited and grateful—thinking about…

By Ryan Hooper

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Posted Nov. 25, 2020

We Need a Cooperative Approach to Improve Education for Students With Disabilities

Ten years ago last month, a team of advocacy organizations filed the New Orleans special education lawsuit (P.B. v. White) in federal court. The class-action…

By Jennifer Coco

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Posted June 8, 2020

Our Students Have Strong Emotions Right Now, And That’s Not a Disability

When a local newspaper featured a picture of one of our students at a peaceful protest against police brutality, the staff at the small special…

By Kristabel Stark

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Posted Apr. 9, 2020

Gavin’s Story Shines a Light on the Inequities Special Needs Students Face With Remote Learning

Ten-year-old Gavin Williams is a lively and affectionate youngster who loves to visit museums, experiment with computer-coding and plunge into ocean waves with his boogie-board. …

By Laura Waters

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Posted Mar. 27, 2020

Here’s How the COVID-19 Stimulus Bill Will Affect Education

Late this morning the U.S. Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or the CARES Act. The total tab is $2 trillion…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Mar. 26, 2020

It’s Time to Acknowledge That This Is the New Normal

To call the last few weeks hard, unprecedented and surreal feels trite. We are facing a pandemic unlike any in the last century and it…

By Lauren Morando Rhim

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Posted Mar. 18, 2020

Districts Are Using Students With Disabilities as an Excuse to Do Nothing

My husband and I have four children. Our three oldest are what we in the special needs community call “neuro-typical” and our youngest has multiple…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Sep. 22, 2021

4 Tips to Help Parents Navigate These Traumatic Times

How many times have we heard it said that “these are unprecedented times?” That statement may have provided some comfort at the start of the…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Sep. 21, 2021

4 Ways Administrators Can Better Support Teachers This Year

Teachers are walking away from education, but the pandemic has accelerated the exit of some educators. I have spoken to several principals who have not…

By Shawnta S. Barnes

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Posted Sep. 22, 2021

More Than One Million Parents Voted With Their Feet to Choose the Best Option For Their Family

A new report from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS) finds that enrollment in district public schools dropped 3% from school years 2019-2020…

By Laura Waters

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