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On May 17, 1954 – 70 years ago today – Brown v. Board opened the door for countless students by closing the door on legal segregation in our nation’s schools.

Brown v. Board of Education (1954)

Citation: Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Opinion; May 17, 1954; Records of the Supreme Court of the United States; Record Group 267; National Archives.


In this milestone decision, the Supreme Court ruled that separating children in public schools on the basis of race was unconstitutional. It signaled the end of legalized racial segregation in the schools of the United States, overruling the "separate but equal" principle set forth in the 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson case.

On May 17, 1954, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren delivered the unanimous ruling in the landmark civil rights case Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas. State-sanctioned segregation of public schools was a violation of the 14th amendment and was therefore unconstitutional. This historic decision marked the end of the "separate but equal" precedent set by the Supreme Court nearly 60 years earlier in Plessy v. Ferguson and served as a catalyst for the expanding civil rights movement during the decade of the 1950s.

Arguments were to be heard during the next term to determine just how the ruling would be imposed. Just over one year later, on May 31, 1955, Warren read the Court's unanimous decision, now referred to as Brown II, instructing the states to begin desegregation plans "with all deliberate speed."

Despite two unanimous decisions and careful, if vague, wording, there was considerable resistance to the Supreme Court's ruling in Brown v. Board of Education. In addition to the obvious disapproving segregationists were some constitutional scholars who felt that the decision went against legal tradition by relying heavily on data supplied by social scientists rather than precedent or established law. Supporters of judicial restraint believed the Court had overstepped its constitutional powers by essentially writing new law.

Read the full article HERE!: https://www.archives.gov/milestone-documen...


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Learn more HERE!: https://www2.ed.gov/notices/accessibility/...

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This Global Accessibility Awareness Day, the Office of Special Education Programs and
Office of Technology highlighted accessibility-related items from USDE.

The Accessible Learning Experience Podcast:

The Accessible Learning Experience | CAST, Illustrations of a microphone, sound waves, digital text, and wifi.

Turn learning barriers into learning opportunities by exploring the world of accessibility and Universal Design for Learning.

Each episode of The Accessible Learning Experience features interviews with national, state, and local leaders whose work focuses on turning learning barriers into learning opportunities. These leaders share their top tips and strategies for implementing accessibility best practices in a variety of settings. They also shine a spotlight on the partnerships and collaboration that are needed to create robust systems for the timely provision and use of accessible educational materials and technologies in support of inclusive teaching and learning practices. Episodes are released monthly and you can listen on the web through Anchor or through the podcast app of your choice.

May 2024

Learn more HERE!: https://aem.cast.org/get-started/accessibl...

S.03, Ep.9: Accessibility in Correctional Settings

National AEM Center at CAST

On this episode, we are excited to welcome CAST Career and Technical Education and UDL trainer Donald Walker to the podcast. Donald is joined by Jennifer Montag, Director of Disability Services at Marion Technical College, which offers a number of programs that take place in a correctional setting.

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Learning Without Limits: Increasing Tech Accessibility In The K–12 Classroom

With a return to in-person learning on the horizon, how do schools ensure continuing availability of accessible technologies? by Doug Bonderud

Over the course of the past year, K–12 districts have created entirely new ways for teachers and students to connect and collaborate. Now, schools face mounting pressure to prioritize in-person teaching over online options, but not everyone is eager to return. Recent survey data from Echelon Insights found that 45 percent of parents would keep their children entirely online, if possible, while 22 percent of parents preferred a hybrid learning model.

And while a portion of this back-to-school reticence stems from safety concerns, a subset of students also found solace in the accessibility of e-learning. For some, it’s the ability to work at their own pace thanks to asynchronous learning options. For others, it’s the on-demand availability of assistive technologies (AT) such as closed captioning or customized peripherals.

This creates a new challenge for K­–12 schools: How do they facilitate learning without limits as students come back to the classroom?

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How to Make Technology Accessible to Meet Students’ Needs

New technology for the classroom had been steadily increasing over the past few years, before the accelerated acquisition in response to the pandemic. “Technology is already integrated into nearly every aspect of students’ lives,” says Sheldon Horowitz, senior adviser at the National Center for Learning Disabilities. “Devices like interactive whiteboards, tablets, and a dizzying array of content sharing and curriculum enhancing tools and programs have, to varying degrees, been incorporated into ‘business as usual’ in virtually every classroom.”

Despite this uptick, however, Horowitz points to an emerging issue: “Students with disabilities and other traditionally disadvantaged students are often not considered from the outset when technologies are being developed and systems are put in place. This creates even greater inequalities and widens opportunity gaps for our most vulnerable learners.”

Teachers, administrators and CTOs must work to bridge the gap between technology availability and accessibility. For Horowitz, success in doing so requires a twofold solution.

First, schools must map the specific needs of students to assistive and instructional technologies. Next, districts must ensure that staff, students and parents “have the training and support needed to embrace the full range of benefits these technology tools have to offer,” he says.

Students with disabilities and other traditionally disadvantaged students are often not considered from the outset when technologies are being developed and systems are put in place.”

Sheldon Horowitz Senior Advisor, National Center for Learning Disabilities

There are a number of steps school districts can take to achieve these goals, Horowitz says. To begin, school leaders should look at AT as a type of accommodation and differentiate between AT devices and AT programs and services.

To appropriately meet the needs of students with disabilities, district leaders must also understand how AT helps them gain access to the general education curriculum.

Read the full article HERE: https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/202...


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Resource: Medicaid Funding for School-Based Services

This resource helps families to access the Medicaid funds provides to schools annually to increase access to quality physical, mental, and behavioral health services for eligible students. These funds pay for services to students with disabilities served under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and students from low-income families enrolled in Medicaid or Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) programs.






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