special education


Definition of special education 

: classes or instruction designed for students with special educational needs

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The former special education teacher is spending long days knocking on doors in the suburban Honolulu town of Mililani, listening to voters fret about the high cost of living and their rising expenses. Audrey Mcavoy, The Seattle Times, "Diminished Hawaii Republicans aim to incrementally rebuild," 23 Oct. 2018 That meant Cruz had no counseling or special education services in the 14 months before the Valentine’s Day massacre. Curt Anderson, The Seattle Times, "Paper faces contempt for story on school shooting suspect," 7 Aug. 2018 The board is expected to create a new committee to advise the board on special education services at its next meeting. Heather Cherone, chicagotribune.com, "District 64 can't accept offer for administrative office building, board attorney says," 3 July 2018 Students have a wide range of disabilities and meet eligibility requirements for special education services. Ted Slowik, Daily Southtown, "Slowik: Educators seek to continue early-childhood services despite funding cut," 27 June 2018 The district also conducted 700 initial evaluations, out of which 539 students were identified as being eligible for special education services. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "Humble ISD’s growing special ed population leads to expansion of services," 22 June 2018 The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates represents lawyers, advocates and parents who file complaints frequently and repeatedly on a range of issues related to special education services. New York Times, "Disability and Civil Rights Groups Sue DeVos Over Investigation Rollbacks," 31 May 2018 Staff will talk about the district’s plan to provide special education services to students with disabilities who attend private schools or who are home schooled within the District 203 boundaries. Michelle Mullins, Elgin Courier-News, "Naperville News Digest," 12 May 2018 Rankin has three children in the district, including two who receive special education services. Alia Malik, San Antonio Express-News, "Five running for Southwest ISD board seats," 18 Apr. 2018

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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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