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WCCO 4 (MN)
Earlier this year a judge ruled the Minneapolis Public School District had failed to provide a free and appropriate public education to 12-year-old Cameron Bradshaw. The judge ordered the district to pay $6800, the portion of the family's tuition that's not covered by a scholarship to a private school specializing in the Orton-Gillingham method. The district is appealing, and so the family will be in court yet again this week.
Enterprise Ledger (AL)
Attention Deficit Disorder, emotionally conflicted, developmentally disabled. Whatever the label, they are all James Warren's kids. For 34 summers, Warren has run a six-week day camp for special needs children in Enterprise, Alabama. Inspired by his daughter Aresha, Warren became interested in special education and worked as a behavior specialist at New Brockton High School.
Springfield News-Sun (OH)
Parents of children with disabilities sometimes struggle with finding appropriate learning activities during the summer months, according to the Ohio Coalition for Education of Children with Disabilities. However, there are a variety of websites to help ensure that kids with disabilities don't experience loss over the summer months.
The Keller Citizen (TX)
About 30 students attended the three-week Kids Using Technology to Enhance Literacy (KUTTEL) program, held three mornings a week. Children used an Internet-based supplemental reading program that assesses and targets individual student weaknesses. "We call it surgical strike teaching," said Cathy Youngblood, Parkview's intervention specialist and the coordinator for the camp. "It's getting more to what the child needs and not wasting time on skills they already know."
The Times (IL)
This articles looks at the routes local school administrators can take to help students who are lagging behind their peers, including: retention; special education and diagnosing learning disabilities; credit recovery programs; and summer school.
Courier Times (PA)
They're sometimes labeled as being lazy, klutzy or airheads. In reality, girls with Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are as smart, creative and hard-working as other girls. They can grow up to be or do anything they wish, but their diagnosis can lead to feelings of isolation and low self-esteem, as it did for the 7-year-old daughter of Natalie Knochenhauer several years ago. She was worried that she was the only girl out there with ADHD.
Santa Monica Mirror
After an audit faulted Santa Monica schools for its special education practices, Superintendent Dianne Talarico stressed that the district should only use settlement agreements "as a last resort when an impasse has been reached in resolving disagreements at the IEP [Individual Education Plan] level and that such an agreement will require approval at the superintendent level."
Cochrane Times (Canada)
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can be difficult for parents to manage with their children, especially if they don't have anyone to turn to. So the town of Cochrane is organizing a program with the hopes of connecting families with ADHD children, so that they can share their experiences of coping with the disorder.
Arab News, Saudi Arabia
The Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Support Group in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is planning to educate government departments, hospitals and members of the public about the need to provide help to children who suffer from the condition.
The London Free Press (Canada)
While many teachers think about ADHD in the classroom, a local psychologist is asking coaches to be aware of signs of the disorder as well. Athletes can also learn how to turn ADHD into a positive by focusing their energy. Deborah Phelps has said she had a task list she went over with her son, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps.
Savannah Morning News (GA)
This parenting column discusses ways to support your child, including understanding their disability, finding their strengths, and identifying ways to work with the disability.
Federal law authorizes reimbursements for private school tuition, even when a child has never received special education services from a public school, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday. The justices ruled 6-3 in Forest Grove School District v. T.A. (Case No. 08-305) that 1997 amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act meant to rein in the costs of private school placements did not remove the power of hearing officers and federal judges to order such reimbursements under the proper circumstances.
In a 6-to-3 decision, the Supreme Court ruled Monday that school districts could be required to reimburse students who choose special education programs at private schools even if they did not try the public school's special education offerings first.
The New York Times
In a case with potential financial repercussions for school districts and families alike, the United States Supreme Court will soon decide when public schools must reimburse parents of special-education students for private-school tuition.
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to add two more education cases to its docket for this term — one involving special education. In this case, the justices will return to an issue they deadlocked over in their last term: whether parents in a special education dispute with a school district may be reimbursed for "unilaterally" placing their child in a private school when that child has never received special education services from the district.
Exchange Morning Post (Canada)
Canada has undertaken a Participation and Activity Limitation Survey (PALS) to collect information on adults and children with disabilities. Here it looks at specialized equipment, the use and requirements of such aids and equipment, funding sources, and related obstacles. One finding: individuals with a learning limitation such as dyslexia had more unmet needs for assistive devices than individuals with any other disability.
A large majority of U.S. teachers believe that schools are not doing enough to prepare students with diverse learning needs for success after high school, according to a nationwide survey released today.
US News and World Report
School means seven classes with seven different teachers. Work means all day, five days a week, in a pressure-filled, deadline-oriented office. In either setting, there are assignments to juggle, time to manage, and priorities to organize. For someone with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, success in school or the workplace is a moving and elusive target.
ADHD Dad Blog, ADDitudeMag.com
Just last week, Coco was a 6-year-old Brownie camping in our back yard. Now she's 16 and I feel overwhelmed that we haven't done enough to prepare her, to make her safe in the real world with her ADHD.
When Georgia started its voucher program for special education students last year, state education officials and lawmakers were unsure how many students and private schools would participate. They called it a success when 899 children with disabilities received vouchers to leave their public schools and attend 117 participating private schools. They expect even better results this year.