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Garden City News (NJ)
At their November 12th work session, the Garden City Board of Education was updated on co-teaching, in which two teachers — one who concentrates on general education and one whose specialty is special education — share the responsibility for a single group of students. They teach the required curriculum and address Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals, with mutual ownership and joint responsibility.
The Fort Scott Tribune (KS)
USD 235 approved new Assurances and Intervention Plan that outlines when and how district officials need to intervene in the process of educating students. Superintendent Randy Rockhold said, "We did not previously have a document that clearly defined our academic intervention process. It details how we go about screening if a need comes up, how we intervene in the general education process, and how to set up interventions."
Roseville Press-Tribune (CA)
Patrick MacAuley is on his school's honor roll. The 13-year-old earns 100 percent on many of his assignments. There are few red marks on his homework and hardly any corrections or comments. That's precisely what concerns his mom. As a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and dyslexia, Patrick was enrolled in what's known as a Special Day Class at Warren T. Eich Intermediate School in Roseville last year. But his mother Dodie MacAuley calls it "babysitting."
Ottumwa Courier (IA)
No excuses — the Ottumwa school district failed to close the achievement gap and it knows what it must do to do just that. That was the word from Ottumwa Superintendent Jon Sheldahl after the announcement that Ottumwa was on a list of "districts in need of assistance."
Dallas Morning News
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that parents of special education students can seek public reimbursement for private school tuition, a decision that potentially could cost Dallas-area school districts millions of dollars. Texas school officials were still studying the ruling late Monday, trying to determine its impact. A spokeswoman with the Texas Education Agency said they hope to know more later this week.
Districts across the nation have been slow to tap stimulus money that is targeted for specific programs particularly the money intended to bolster programs for students with disabilities or those who come from low-income households. On average, 39 percent of the $11.3 billion in special-education money for states has been claimed.
Due process hearings have increased nationally over the last two decades, a trend mirrored in Pennsylvania, according to Perry Zirkel, an education and law professor at Lehigh University and a special education expert. Broadening definitions have put more conditions under the special education umbrella and parents' increasing awareness of their child’s legal rights have contributed to increased special education enrollment and litigation.
The Post-Star (IA)
Each year, school officials create a budget, hoping the money is enough to run a school district. Certain expenses, such as oil, can be difficult to plan for, because of the volatility of weather and price. But no single expense is as problematic for a school district as special education.
San Francisco Chronicle
The Louisiana state education board has granted tentative approval to a plan to establish a charter school in Baton Rouge that would serve students with dyslexia. The Advocate reports the decision by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education overrides the recommendation of a national evaluation group.
Arizona Daily Star
Nathan Iskandar had oral and motor delays as an infant, so his parents weren't surprised when the toddler started showing speech delays. Fortunately, his family found Wings on Words, a preschool program that specializes in speech and language problems and has operated in Tucson, Arizona for 10 years. With the help of the program, Nathan's speech has flourished.
Arizona Daily Star
Wings on Words is a preschool program that specializes in helping young children speech and language problems. Noted one parent, "A lot of people just wait until they're in the school system, and they get referred by their primary teachers, but getting help early just sets a totally different tone for the rest of their lives. It's just one less obstacle for them to overcome."
Detroit Free Press (MI)
Educator Leanna Landsman answers the following parent question: "We are a military family being transferred overseas. Our third-grader, Nathan, has a learning disability and an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) in a good public school in California. Can we transfer his IEP to his new school, which is run by the Department of Defense?"
WFMY News 2 (NC)
The Triad Academy is an independent school in Winston-Salem that enrolls children diagnosed with dyslexia and other learning disabilities. Students work in small groups and use hands-on learning to increase their reading and math skills. "We learn the same stuff but just in a different way," said Megan Almond, a student at the school. "And it's fun."
The Arizona Republic (AZ)
A school cast from a different mold is scheduled to open in August in Scottsdale. Lexis Preparatory School is a new kindergarten through eighth-grade college-prep private school that aims to provide a customized, high-quality learning experience for children with ADHD, ADD, and other learning differences, said Dana Herzberg, head of the school.
The Arizona Republic
A school cast from a different mold is scheduled to open in August in Scottsdale, AZ. Lexis Preparatory School is a new kindergarten through eighth-grade college-prep private school serving students in Maricopa County. The school will provide a customized, high-quality learning experience for children with ADHD, ADD and other learning differences, said Dana Herzberg, head of the school.
Brooklyn Heights Montessori School announced Wednesday that it would continue to operate the Little Room, a well-regarded preschool for children with special needs, until August 2010 to allow all of the current students to finish the two-year program.
The Salt Lake City Tribune
Woodland Hills stood among the few Utah private schools for special-needs middle school students, and the only such private school for high school students. But its recent expansion and a new focus on athletics has angered some parents, who say mixing competitive athletics students with timid special education students hasn't worked.
The Arizona Republic (AZ)
after a lengthy and, at times, bitter debate that broke along partisan lines, Arizona lawmakers approved legislation that converts a voucher program that was declared unconstitutional into a tax-credit program that will redirect up to $5 million in tax dollars to private-school scholarships for disabled children and those in foster care.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (PA)
IDEA specifies that students with disabilities should spend as much time as possible with their non-disabled peers. In 2004, the Pennsylvania Department of Education settled a class-action lawsuit over that requirement, and since then the state has held school districts more accountable. Four years later, many schools still are working to get it right. "Inclusion isn't an exact science," said Bernard Miller, director for exceptional programs at the Pennsylvania State Education Association.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (PA)
Most of the first-graders at Bon Air Elementary in Lower Burrell raised their hands, eager to sound out the words that teachers Courtney Barbiaux and Jennifer Hartung spelled with magnetic letters on the blackboard. Among the 19 children in the class are two with autism and one with a learning disability. Despite their special education status, they were fully a part of the class, working on the same lesson as everybody else.