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Goodbye, Betsy DeVos
11/09/2020
Goodbye, Betsy DeVos

Goodbye, Betsy DeVos

The Trump administration’s most elitist do-nothing.

Interruption Caused By COVID-19 Poses Challenges Beyond Classroom
07/17/2020
Interruption Caused By COVID-19 Poses Challenges Beyond Classroom

Interruption Caused By COVID-19 Poses Challenges Beyond Classroom

As schools consider fall reopenings, special education programs are wondering how to make up for lost ground in socially-distanced classrooms where they can no longer use hands-on techniques.

There needs to be additional funding allocated to school districts for the provision of assessments to re-determine base...
07/07/2020
White House Pushes To Reopen Schools Despite A Surge In Coronavirus Cases

There needs to be additional funding allocated to school districts for the provision of assessments to re-determine baselines for kiddos with special needs and services that were missed or diminished during the lockdown.

The administration acknowledges the risk of students spreading the contagion to vulnerable populations but emphasizes that school closures disrupt "critical services to children and their families."

Senate Proposal Seeks Protections For Family Caregivers
06/26/2020
Senate Proposal Seeks Protections For Family Caregivers

Senate Proposal Seeks Protections For Family Caregivers

Employers would be barred from discriminating against workers who care for family members with developmental disabilities or other special needs under a new federal bill.

All in: A Southern California school with a radical — and successful — vision for students with disabilities | LA School...
06/17/2020
All in: A Southern California school with a radical — and successful — vision for students with disabilities | LA School Report

All in: A Southern California school with a radical — and successful — vision for students with disabilities | LA School Report

Over the next several weeks, LA School Report will be publishing stories reported and written before the coronavirus pandemic. Their publication was sidelined when schools across the country abruptly closed, but we are sharing them now because the information and innovations they highlight remain re...

‘Unschooling’ Isn’t The Answer To Education Woes—It’s The Problem
06/15/2020
‘Unschooling’ Isn’t The Answer To Education Woes—It’s The Problem

‘Unschooling’ Isn’t The Answer To Education Woes—It’s The Problem

With schools closed, the concept of unschooling—allowing kids to direct their own learning—is being touted by some as timely and new. But the idea has been around for centuries, and its influence on education has been mostly pernicious.

This article was written before the sixth voted to vacate the decision thereby taking away all that was promised - at th...
06/10/2020
Whitmer settled the Detroit literacy lawsuit. What that means (and what it doesn't)

This article was written before the sixth voted to vacate the decision thereby taking away all that was promised - at the moment, the settlement agreement stands but there will be a fight with the legislature when the time comes for funding. I am posting because the article is timely and personalizes the issue by addressing the nasty assertion that the families of children placed by the district in these horrific conditions simply don't care enough about their children. Blame the parents even though there are rat feces in the classrooms and ancient text books and a student teaching 7th and 8th grade math for a semester - yeah, that sounds like lousy parenting to me...

A lot depends on what happens next.

How ‘Reading Instruction’ Oppresses Black And Brown Children
06/07/2020
How ‘Reading Instruction’ Oppresses Black And Brown Children

How ‘Reading Instruction’ Oppresses Black And Brown Children

The murder of George Floyd has shined a spotlight on police brutality and racial injustice. But we also need to open our eyes to the less obvious devastation our education system inflicts on millions of black and brown students.

Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System: Doesn’t Look Right, Sound Right, or Make Sense | Reading Rockets
10/21/2019
Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System: Doesn’t Look Right, Sound Right, or Make Sense | Reading Rockets

Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System: Doesn’t Look Right, Sound Right, or Make Sense | Reading Rockets

My district, like so many others, uses Fountas and Pinnell’s Benchmark Assessment System (BAS) as the primary measure of student reading progress. But if you’ve had doubts about the assessment and the ways BAS data is often used, you’re on to something…

The Right to Read - very useful information
10/21/2019
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The Right to Read - very useful information

There’s new momentum behind teaching reading more directly and explicitly, but many of us are wondering: is this just another swing of a pendulum? It’s hard to believe that investing in new reading practices is worthwhile if the new practices will fall out of favor in a few years. But for distri...

The Autism Acceptance Hoax — NCSA
09/19/2019
The Autism Acceptance Hoax — NCSA

The Autism Acceptance Hoax — NCSA

Pretending autism is just a difference instead of an incapacitating disability allows for de-funding of precious social programs, and ultimately the abandonment of our severely disabled.

...the ACLU criticized the state lawmakers for attempting “to address student behavior problems by outsourcing disciplin...
09/16/2019
In Missouri, students who bully could be charged with a felony

...the ACLU criticized the state lawmakers for attempting “to address student behavior problems by outsourcing discipline management strategies to law enforcement.”

The change in law comes as part of a broader overhaul of the state’s criminal code.

The scourge of education malpractice
09/16/2019
The scourge of education malpractice

The scourge of education malpractice

What if you were told that elementary schools in the United States are teaching children to be poor readers?

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