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View from an Oregon special education administrator: Mental health, behavior, staffing among biggest challenges

OPB’s series on the state of special education has featured students, parents, and staff members across the Portland area. The series has found that some students with disabilities are missing out on school while staff are stretched thin trying to deal with increased needs. Education reporter Elizabeth Miller recently spoke with another staff member — a special education administrator — about how things look from the district office.

A day in the life of an Oregon paraeducator

When you think about who works in a school, you think of teachers, principals, custodians, counselors — but there are also paraeducators. Paras are deployed to help students with disabilities make the most of their education.

Bill to help Oregon students with disabilities not likely to pass this session

Oregon Sen. Sara Gelser Blouin said she heard from Gov. Kate Brown that a bill she sponsored — aimed at directing the Oregon Department of Education to more quickly investigate and resolve allegations brought by families of students with disabilities — would not pass during the 2022 short legislative session.

A new language has been born in the Northwest

The DeafBlind Institute at Western Oregon University recently received $2.1 million to help train interpreters in Protactile, a language created by DeafBlind people.