Iowa 2009-2010 SB 384 – Mandatory Grade Retention

retention1001 This bill requires the board of directors of a school district, beginning august 1, 2009, to adopt a student promotion policy that facilitates collaboration among teachers, parents, and guardians of the student, and the school district, to support student reading at grade level. Beginning july 1, 2012, the bill prohibits a school district from promoting a student enrolled in grade three to grade four if the student is more than one year below grade level in reading, unless retention at the current grade level is determined not to be in the best interest of the child.

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US Supreme Court: IDEA requires reimbursement for private school

supreme-courtIn  Forest Grove School Dist. vs. T.A., the US Supreme Court held that parents may be entitled to reimbursement for expenditures for a private school, when the public school has failed to appropriately identify a student as  being in need of special education services.

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Massachusetts 2009-2010 HB 468 / 4665 – High school graduation requirements

An Act relating to high school graduation requirements for studentsgraduate with learning disabilities. Provides that any student who fails to satisfy the requirements of the competency determination may nonetheless receive a  high school diploma if the following requirements are met:

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Washington 2009-2010 SB 6016 – Funds Pilot Projects

Declares that, since 2005, the legislature has provided funding for five pilot projects to implement research-based, multisensory literacy intervention for students with dyslexia. Finds that the students receiving intervention support through the dyslexia pilot projects have made substantial and steady academic gains.

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