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Diplomas at Risk: A Critical Look at the High School Graduation Rate

Written by Candace Cortiella - Founder/director of the Advocacy Institute

A high school diploma raises a worker’s average weekly earnings from $471 to $652. A diploma decreases average unemployment from 12.4 percent to 8.3 percent. Graduating from high school opens the doors to college and career success. With facts like these, it’s not difficult to understand why one of our cornerstone goals is to ensure that every child graduates from high school with a regular diploma.

IDEA Parent Guide

Written by NCLD Team

NCLD has created the IDEA Parent Guide to help you become an informed and effective partner with school personnel in supporting your child’s special learning and behavioral needs.

Understanding the Americans With Disabilities Act Amendments Act and Section 504

Written by NCLD Policy Team

The ADAAA has a direct and substantial impact on Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504)—an important law that provides protections for school-age children with disabilities.

Competency-Based Education and Students With Learning and Attention Issues

Written by NCLD Editors

We’ve created an infographic and detailed policy recommendations to help policymakers, school leaders and other educators consider the unique needs of students with learning and attention issues when designing and implementing systems like Competency Based Education.

From the policy blog

Let’s Speed Up Our Summer Efforts

Things are a lot slower in the summer—for our students, for our educators, and even for… equity advocates. State legislatures and Congress are often winding down or on recess. It can be easy to look at these months as a time to recharge or plan how to approach the school year. Ironically, though, many of … Continue reading Let’s Speed Up Our Summer Efforts

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