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Celebrating Special Education Day

National Special Education Day is celebrated every year on December 2, to commemorate the anniversary of our nation’s first federal special education law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), signed by President Ford on December 2, 1975.

As PSESD celebrates Special Education Day, we not only celebrate our students with disabilities, but also the impact of IDEA as a vital landmark, and how it made education available to all American children. Through the years, IDEA has been enhanced to improve services and standards throughout the educational system, and today, there are 13 different areas where children between the ages of 3 and 21 may qualify under the IDEA for services.

Please join us in observance of Special Education Day at PSESD — it’s a great opportunity for us to honor the milestones that have been achieved for special education so far, as it also reminds us of the need for all of us to continue to strive for making education and resources equitable for all children.


The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 

Observed each March 21 after the tragic day in 1960 when the police in Sharpeville, South Africa, opened fire on participants in a peaceful demonstration against apartheid, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination remains an important one in the attempt to fight racism and racial discrimination worldwide.

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Observing Wounded Knee Day

Also known as Wounded Knee Day of Reflection, Wounded Knee Day honors the memory of the over 200 (some estimate as many as 300) Lakota Sioux men, women, and children who were massacred by the U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment near Wounded Knee Creek on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. 

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