special education


Definition of special education 

: classes or instruction designed for students with special educational needs

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Kristen will soon start her career as a preschool teacher after earning her master’s degree in special education from Endicott College. Sophia Eppolito, BostonGlobe.com, "Bridgewater man buys 9 lottery tickets worth $900,000 — after 26 years of trying," 12 July 2018 There is a nationwide shortage of teachers — most acute in special education, science and math. Philly.com, "The teacher supply is plummeting. Pa. will spend $2M to stem the tide," 12 July 2018 The 16 teachers at the academy are referred to as mediators — most are certified in special education and most are cross-certified in specific courses. Mikaela Porter, Courant Community, "West Hartford Ben Bronz Academy Moves Into New Space Next To Northwest Catholic," 29 June 2018 Through the Child Find process, over 3,400 students in Humble ISD were served in special education during the 2017-2018 school year. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "Humble ISD’s growing special ed population leads to expansion of services," 22 June 2018 Prior to taking his job at the YMCA three years ago, Roberts spent more than a decade in the St. Tammany Parish school system, serving as a coach and in special education. Kim Chatelain, NOLA.com, "Joey Roberts takes seat on Covington City Council," 16 May 2018 Unclaimed prize money goes to the Foundation School Fund, which is overseen by the Texas Education Agency and helps fund school needs across the state ranging from bilingual education to special education, according to the Texas Lottery Commission. Anna M. Tinsley, star-telegram, "$1 million Texas lottery winner has until Wednesday to claim prize," 29 May 2018 Sable said her mother would go on to become a pioneer in the field of special education. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "3 Naperville women from same graduating class are turning 100 this year," 18 May 2018 Greg is a science and special education teacher for Baltimore County Public Schools. Marleen Van Den Neste, The Aegis, "Harford Highlighters hoop team heading to Seattle for USA Games," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of special education

1921, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of special education

: classes for children who have special needs because of physical or learning problems

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: classes or instruction designed for students with special educational needs

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