Goodbye, Betsy DeVos
The Trump administration’s most elitist do-nothing.
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Goodbye, Betsy DeVos
The Trump administration’s most elitist do-nothing.
Education and the coronavirus crisis: What’s the latest?
Data from Fresno Unified shows a 10% jump in chronic absenteeism since last year, reaching 22.8% this year, with most from low-income families.
What parents need to know about the research on how kids learn to read
Teaching children to read isn’t easy and educators often feel strongly about what they think is the “right” way to teach this essential skill.
State payments for care of disabled child don't count as income for poor family, California high court rules
A low-income family does not have to include state payments to care for a mentally ill child as part of its income for Section 8 housing eligibility, the state Supreme Court ruled Monday.
Remote Learning's Distractions Put Extra Pressure On Students With ADHD
With less structure and supervision than is typically provided inside a classroom, remote classes lean hard on already stressed parents to help students with ADHD stay focused and engaged.
California issues rules for opening schools to high-needs students
Special education, homeless and foster students are priority groups that can return in separate cohorts with up to 14 children and two adults.
Please take a moment and preserve this very important qualification which all teachers need.
Reading is a critical life skill and a civil right! Our kids need and deserve better. Join me in taking action to #StopSB614! #RightToReadInCA [@campaign]
Protests as teen detained over missed homework
Michigan's supreme court says it will review the original family court ruling against 'Grace'.
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.
Schools in Los Angeles, San Diego won’t reopen for in-person learning next month
California's two largest school districts became the latest to announce plans to begin the new school year with distance learning.
With No End in Sight to the Coronavirus, Some Teachers Are Retiring Rather Than Go Back to School
Teachers say they're concerned about staying safe in their classrooms, as President Trump demands that schools reopen
We are going to need a streamlined process for parents now required to stay home to oversee the education of their children to apply for a type of caretaker benefit.
Message reinforced by American Academy of Pediatrics that clarifies that it believes children should be in school, but only if it can be done safely.
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."
'Utter abandonment' of special needs families
Families of children with special educational needs tell MPs support "fell off a cliff" in lockdown.
Judith Heumann - Defying Obstacles in "Being Heumann" and "Crip Camp" | The Daily Show
“Being Heumann” author Judith Heumann discusses her lifelong advocacy for the rights of people with disabilities as well as the Netflix documentary “Crip Cam...
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 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
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.
Could LAUSD Disband Its School Police Department?
Leaders of the district's teachers union have endorsed the idea — but would the LAUSD board enact it?
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.
Teachers Union Calls For Disbanding LA School Police Department
UTLA has stopped short of calling for an end to the school police department — until now.
For Mothers Of Black Children With Disabilities, Living With Twice The Fear
Kim Kaiser’s son was 10 years old when she first spoke with him about the challenges he’d face as a black man with disabilities.
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.
So... this just happened.
A landmark ruling that established a constitutional right to a basic minimum education was overturned by a federal appeals court.
Detroit students have fundamental right to literacy, appeals court rules
A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of a lawsuit filed on behalf of Detroit public schools students, which argued the district deprived the...
Intimate new documentary quietly prods excruciating questions about the future for adults with severe autism — NCSA
“The autism portrayed here is serious developmental brain dysfunction, not any trendy sort of diversity.”
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
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...
Ohio sets aside $31 million to support families with children who have complex behavioral needs
The state is setting aside $31 million to support families whose children have complex behavioral health needs and require help from multiple systems. The
My son’s autism meant he was refused New Zealand residency – so we’re leaving | Dimitri Leemans
Yes, the cost of caring for the 1% of children with ASD has to be taken on by the entire population. But is that not the foundation of a civilised society?
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 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
What if you were told that elementary schools in the United States are teaching children to be poor readers?
Parents of disabled children plead to lawmakers to restore aid
'This is literally life or death,' said one mother during a hearing Friday
The Power of a Mother’s Love for her Disabled Child: Animated Short “Ian” is Changing Perceptions about Disabilities
"Ian" is a must-watch film for all students and parents. When Sheila Graschinsky saw how children treated her disabled son she became inspired to change perc
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