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Rep. Mike Castle's loss in his quest for the GOP senatorial nomination in Delaware will remove from Congress a longtime member with deep expertise in education issues and a reputation for helping bridge the gap between Republicans and Democrats on thorny aspects of K-12 policy. Rep. Castle is the author of the 2004 reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and he also helped write the 1997 revision of the IDEA.
When Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, stepped through the doors of Humboldt High School, Principal Mike Sodomka handed her a yellow folder of dry statistics detailing all the ways in which his school supposedly is a failure. Yet Sodomka wants Weingarten to return to Washington to advocate for schools like his. One-fourth of Humboldt's 894 students receive special-education services. More than 40 percent are just learning English, and more than 90 percent are impoverished.
A Fort Wayne non-profit organization that helps children struggling with learning disabilities is in jeopardy of closing its doors. Officials with the Fort Wayne Center for Learning say they need the community's help to remain open. The Fort Wayne Center for Learning is the only facility of its kind in Northeast Indiana.
Project Connections, a program at Middlesex County College that provides intensive support services for college-able students with learning disabilities, has received a five-year federal grant. The program, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, will receive $297,987 per year, making the full allocation almost $1.5 million.
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?"
After decades of what seemed to be an inexorable upward path, the number of students classified as learning-disabled declined from year to year over much of the past decadea change in direction that is spurring debates among experts about the reasons why.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The latest chapter in a 9-year-old class-action lawsuit regarding special-education services in Milwaukee Public Schools unfolded Tuesday in the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, as lawyers for the district and Disability Rights Wisconsin argued their positions before a three-judge panel.
Columbus Dispatch (OH)
Today she is a successful central Ohio entrepreneur, but in the 1970s, Janis Mitchell's school placed her into a class for students with mental disabilities after her dyslexia was diagnosed in the first grade. Mitchell is now pushing for new legislation, introduced by a bipartisan pair of state lawmakers, that would better define dyslexia. It also would create a pilot program in three Ohio school districts designed to screen early for the disability and get students needed help.
Abilene Reporter-News (TX)
Kendrick Meek and Francesca Yabraian are two fighters in a vast army that has been waging war against a common foe, for what seems like forever. They don't know each other he is a Florida congressman now running for a Senate seat; she is a researcher and a computer expert. But they shared a common struggle to learn and accomplish, because they are among the millions of Americans who have been diagnosed with dyslexia, a learning disability in makes it difficult to process letters and words.
New York Daily News
Spotting symptoms of dyslexia in children is key to treatment. As Director of the Learning and Development Center at Mount Sinai, Dr. David Marks conducts and supervises neuro-psychological and Psycho-educational evaluations of children, adolescents, and adults with suspected learning and developmental disabilities. Here he shares about the symptoms of dyslexia and what parents can do if they suspect their child has a learning disability.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Standing at the front of a darkened room in a Capitol Drive office building in late July, teacher-trainer Betty Menacher clicked through a presentation on a highly technical but essential topic - how to assess students' reading. Her audience was a group of career-switchers who within weeks would be using what they'd learned during the five-week Milwaukee Teacher Education Center crash course to tackle one of education's most difficult challenges: teaching special-education students.
Kansas City Star (MO)
Sharyl Kennedy loves seeing the changes in students after they've spent a few weeks at Horizon Academy in Roeland Park. Kennedy is executive director at the school for students in first through 12th grades who have average to above average intelligence but are struggling with learning disabilities. Horizon is the only fully accredited school of its kind in the Kansas City area, and one of only 210 nationwide.
While attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a real and pervasive condition, new research suggests there is a cluster of kids and adults who successfully fake the condition either to get drugs or gain special privileges in school.
The Washington Post
Increased awareness of learning challenges such as dyslexia and attention-deficit disorder, together with improved diagnosis and treatment, has helped millions of students improve their academic performance. But, as they enter their senior year of high school and begin the college admissions process, they face a whole new set of challenges. Now is the time to begin preparing to meet them.
In this blog post about read-aloud testing accommodations, Christina Samuels writes, "Hearing the words ultimately changes the test in a fundamental way, doesn't it? Now I know the answer, which is: it depends."
If your child is the youngest in the class and has a diagnosis of ADHD — attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, marked by inattention and impulsiveness — it may be a mistake, researchers say. What is actually immaturity may be mislabeled as ADHD, according to new studies published in the Journal of Health Economics.
Moncton This Week (Canada)
In this article, Priscilla Wilson, a retired teacher who now operates a reading center in New Brunswick, writes, "Being a teenager is tough. Try being a teenager who can't read! Not only are they regular teens with dyslexia, but most of them don't know they have dyslexia and so they are facing regular teen challenges and not succeeding in the classroom and they have no idea why."
Registering a child for school usually means showing up with a birth certificate, proof of residence and basic medical records. Five minutes, and you're done. But for kids who need special education, whether they have an attention disorder, fine motor delays or a more serious medical condition, that process is much more complicated and can begin as early as age 2. Something as simple as advancing to a new grade can mean an army of specialists performing hours of tests and parent interviews in the preceding months.
Special education students in Texas public schools are nearly twice as likely to be suspended as students in the general education population, according to a recent Texas Education Agency report to the Senate Committee on Education. The expulsion rate is also disproportionate: Though special education students make up just 10 percent of the enrollment in Texas public schools, they account for 21 percent of expulsions, according to the School-to-Prison Pipeline report published by Texas Appleseed, a nonprofit public interest law center.
Wall Street Journal
Families in the most affluent New York City school districts, including the Upper East and Upper West sides, file more claims than other parts of the city seeking reimbursement of their children's private-school tuition, according to Department of Education data.