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On Special Education Blog, Education Week
Education Secretary Arne Duncan recently answered some tough questions from special education teachers all over the country who wanted to know about performance pay, funding, and testing. The questions were collected by the Council for Exceptional Children in Arlington, Va., which is gearing up for its annual convention.
Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are up to three times more likely than other kids to use, abuse or become dependent on substances such as nicotine, cocaine and marijuana in adolescence and as young adults, new research suggests.
Massillon Independent (OH)
Nick Bentley's world is constantly spinning. It's alive, buzzing, fluttering, vibrating, moving and spinning every second of the day. His thoughts rush through his mind like a river rolling downhill, sweeping over stones, constantly moving from one bend to the next and never, ever stopping for a rest. But something amazing happens when he sits down in front of a piano and puts his fingertips to the ivory keys. Everything stops.
Guelph Mercury (Canada)
Nathan Patrick can play a guitar like ringing a bell, but when it comes to reading and writing, he has struggled. After a stint at the renowned, all-boys The Gow School in New York state, the 17-year-old has gained admission to the University of Guelph's School of Engineering a major accomplishment for a young man with dyslexia.
The U.S. Department of Education has denied Oregon's request to reduce special education funding in light of budget cuts and will cut more than $15 million federal funding to schools if the state doesn't reverse course. States lose federal special education money if they lower their contribution to those programs without a waiver. Oregon Department of Education officials sought the federal waiver, saying the state faced declining revenue projections throughout the summer, forcing the department to reduce the amount of money supporting special education programs.
The Ledger (FL)
Megan Diffey is a member of the multitasking generation. Her fellow teens think nothing of doing homework while listening to music on their iPods and texting on their cell phones. For Diffey, a senior at George Jenkins High School, single-tasking is challenge enough. Diffey, 17, was diagnosed in third grade with dyslexia, a disorder that hinders her brain's ability to process words and numbers. After early struggles in school, Diffey has transformed herself into a straight-A student headed to a university honors program. She will receive a national award this month from the Council for Exceptional Children in recognition of her academic success.
ADHD Dad Blog, ADDitudeMag.com
During my ADD/ADHD daughter's first year in mainstream high school after years in special ed, my non-ADHD wife and I found several ways to offer homework help and emotional support.
School Law Blog, Education Week
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday asked the Obama administration for its views on whether a parent may bring a negligence claim against a school district that allegedly failed to identify a high school student's disabilities. The justices asked the U.S. solicitor general's office to weigh in on the issue raised under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
Shots Blog, National Public Radio
Steady as you go on ADHD medicines. The Food and Drug Administration has finally received data from a massive analysis of health records to tease out whether there is a link between normal use of ADHD medicines and potentially lethal heart problems. And, for now, the FDA says it's not recommending any changes in safety instruction or use of such popular meds as Vyvanse and Adderall.
Birmingham News (AL)
Alabama is one of a handful of states given permission to cut spending on special education this school year, a rare concession from Washington for states facing severe shortfalls in their state budgets.
ABC2 News (MD)
Heading to college can be intimidating enough. Heading to college with a learning disability can cause a lot of anxiety. Fortunately most universities have programs available for students who are struggling with a learning disability. There are steps to take if you have a learning disability.
ADHD CEO Blog, ADDitudeMag.com
If you've long dealt with frustrating symptoms, an adult ADD/ADHD diagnosis can be empowering. But when improvement seems impossible, inconsistent, or gradual, how do you stay motivated about treatment?
Auburn Citizen (NY)
Fewer special education referrals and an increase in the percentage of referred students approved for special education services could be attributed to a new approach to special education in public schools.
Shots Blog, National Public Radio
The age-old battle pitting a potential public health concern against what can be clearly proven by science played out in Silver Spring, Maryland this week, with science winning this round. As predicted, a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel said today that the current scientific data is just not solid enough to show that artificial food dyes cause hyperactivity in most children. But they did call for more research, particularly on Blue #1.
Inside Higher Ed
A growing number of professors understand that students with learning differences need accommodations in the classroom, but more athletic coaches need to recognize that similar support is in order on the playing field.
On Special Education Blog, Education Week
This week, lawyers will argue that the District of Columbia school system didn't do enough to find and teach 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds with disabilitiesin front of the same judge who has already ruled that the school district didn't do right by these kids in 2005, 2006, and 2007.
Newtown Patch (CT)
The problems for Harvey Hubbell V didn't start to emerge until after he enrolled at Hawley School where he immediately felt like a fish out of water and fell behind in his studies. "It's like if you ended up in French IV one day and you never even took French I, how would you feel?" asked Hubbell, now 52. "You knew right away that you are in the wrong place. They can't teach you. It's not that you can't be taught." It was only later that he learned he had dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia.
Healthland, Time Magazine
For the last 40 years, teens with drug problems, learning disabilities and other behavioral issues have been sent to residential facilities to endure "tough love" techniques that are widely known to include methods of outright physical and psychological abuse. Whether labeled as boot camps, emotional-growth schools, behavior modification programs or wilderness programs, these organizations have operated without federal oversight, and state regulation of the schools ranges from lax to nonexistent. Now, however, individual critics of the programs are using the Internet to find each other and mobilize, and are bringing change.
National Public Radio
The Food and Drug Administration is meeting Wednesday and Thursday to examine whether artificial food dyes cause hyperactivity in children. Artificial food dyes are made from petroleum and approved for use by the FDA to enhance the color of processed foods. They've been around for decades and are found in everything from pudding to potato chips to soft drinks. But recent studies linking food coloring to hyperactivity in kids is causing some experts to call on the FDA to ban foods containing them or at least require a warning label.
Doctors called him spastic. Teachers said he was mentally retarded. Some of his nastier classmates called him dummy. Today, Dannel P. Malloy is called something else: governor of Connecticut. Malloy, who still struggles with reading and calls writing "almost impossible," credits his lifelong struggle with dyslexia for developing listening skills and memory tricks he uses every day with constituents and legislators.