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School Voucher Programs Should Be Clear About Disability Rights, Report Says

Authors: National Public Radio

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Many parents of students with disabilities don't know that if they use a voucher to leave public school, they're often leaving federal protections, too. A new GAO report says someone should tell them.

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What Really Happened At The School Where Every Graduate Got Into College

Authors: National Public Radio

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Last year, every graduating senior at Ballou High School got into college. A WAMU and NPR investigation shows that many of those students missed more than a month of school and struggled academically.

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Mental Illness and Gun Violence--A False Fallacy

Authors: Special Education Law Blog

Mass shootings keep happening. Mental illness is the easy answer but not the cause.  Almost monthly we read about horrific shootings in Las Vegas, Orlando, or small towns in Texas and California.  The subsequent finger pointing continues as to why these shocking killings keep occurring.  Whether...

For Many Puerto Ricans, College Plans Washed Away With Hurricane Maria

Authors: National Public Radio

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As Puerto Rico students settle into high school on the mainland — one big question emerges: What happens to my college plans? That's especially scary for seniors, as application deadlines loom.

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How Mass Shootings Are Forcing Schools To Re-Evaluate Safety

Authors: National Public Radio

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Teachers are learning how to protect their students from the possibility of a school shooting. That can include anything from locking doors to tackling the assailant.

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Spotlight on English-Language Learners - Education Week

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Authors: Education Week

Rural schools are tackling unique challenges to provide a quality education to their students. In this Spotlight, see how schools are expanding access to hard-to-staff courses, building up talented teacher workforces, and developing place-based lessons to reach promising students....

New Study Shows Melatonin Effective Sleep Aid for Children with Autism

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Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry disclosed that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who have refractory insomnia will benefit from prolonged release melatonin (PEDPRM). The trial conducted was random, placebo-controlled,...

Genetic Causes of Children's Food Allergies

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Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

What role do genes play in egg, milk, and nut allergies? A study published in Nature Communications, led by the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) and Charité -- Universitätsmedizin Berlin, has found five genetic risk loci that point to the importance of skin...

Exercise and Sleep: The Better Brain Therapies Your Child Needs

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Authors: ADDitude.com

Science has finally agreed that the brain is malleable and “plastic.” This means that the brain can, to a surprising extent, reinvent itself with learning, experience, or the right stimulation. This reinvention is called “epigenetic” — the biological process by which life experiences can override,...

“Time to Crack Open Your Silver Lining Playbook”

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Authors: ADDitude.com

“Are we there yet?” my youngest child asks with a smirk. It has been only a few minutes since we started driving, just the beginning of one of our longer family trips, one of those Mad Lib’ing, movie-watching, nap-taking, stopping-for-snacks kind of long trips.

My husband’s voice booms, “Oh,...