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Showdown brews as Congress turns focus to K-12 spending
Education Week
Big questions loom about just how much money Congress will steer to individual programs — including the Obama administration's marquee competitive-grant initiatives — with lawmakers on House and Senate appropriations committees facing a Jan. 15 deadline to fill in details on the current year's spending plan or face another government shutdown. School districts that have been chafing under across-the-board federal cuts known as sequestration for nearly a year got a two-year reprieve under the agreement approved last month that effectively scales back the sequestration cuts to education by 87 percent over that period, according to an analysis by the Committee for Education Funding, a lobbying coalition in Washington.
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Report: Landmark ADHD study backed drugs over therapy at a cost
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
Many children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder may have missed out on valuable counseling because of a widely touted study that concluded stimulants such as Ritalin or Adderall were more effective for treating the disorder than medication plus behavioral therapies, experts say. That 20-year-old study, funded with $11 million from the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health, concluded that the medications outperformed a combination of stimulants plus skills-training therapy or therapy alone as a long-term treatment.
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Iowa reading rules should require help for dyslexic kids
The Des Moines Register
Iowa rules proposed to improve early grade reading should require schools to identify and help students with dyslexia. a group of parents said. More than a dozen members of Decoding Dyslexia Iowa told representatives from the Iowa Department of Education on Friday that teachers don't receive adequate training on the learning disability, a condition that makes it difficult for a child to read, write and spell.
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10 strategies for helping kids with ADHD build self-confidence
Psych Central
It's common for kids with ADHD to feel bad about themselves. ADHD creates challenges in all areas of their lives, from home to school. It also doesn't help that they often get negative feedback from all sides. Parents scold them for acting out. Teachers reprimand them for not turning in their homework. Peers tease them if they don't fit in.
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4 essential (and overlooked) facts about your brain and your mind
The Creativity Post
An aspiring clarinetist begins by getting a sense of the way the instrument's sounds are produced by the air she blows through it. A driver must be acquainted with various vehicle fundamentals, such as adding gas, accelerating, and reading the speedometer. It is no different with the brain. Maximizing your brain's health and performance begins with a basic understanding of how it works and how it evolves across the lifespan.
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Restraint, seclusion more common at affluent schools
Disability Scoop
Students with disabilities are much more likely than other kids to be restrained or secluded at school, but how often the techniques are used varies significantly, a new report finds. Wealthier, less diverse schools employ the tactics more than twice as often as high-poverty, high-diversity school districts, according to an analysis of federal data conducted by researchers at the University of New Hampshire. Nationwide, there were 2.6 cases of restraint for every 100 students with disabilities during the 2009-2010 school year compared to 0.1 instances for every 100 typically-developing students, researchers found. Seclusion followed similar patterns.
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Are NCLB waiver states intervening in the right schools? (Education Week)
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Race to Top States still have lots of money to spend
Education Week
With states well into their final year of Race to the Top implementation, the 12 winners still have a lot of money to spend, according to the latest financial reports by the U.S. Department of Education. The state with the largest share of its award left? New York, with 59 percent of its $700 million still sitting in the bank as of Nov. 30, according to the latest federal spending report. Meanwhile, Delaware has just 31 percent left. Combined, the 12 Race to the Top states have $1.8 billion of their $4 billion in winnings left, or about 46 percent. The Obama administration's signature education-improvement effort was designed — for the most part — to be a four-year program. Awards were made in 2010.
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Naming tests: Study on dyslexic versus average children
Science Daily
In this article by Zoccolotti, De Luca, Lami et al, published in Child Neuropsychology, Rapid Automized Naming tests were conducted on 43 average children and 25 with developmental dyslexia. The task involved naming colors, digits, pictures words and word lists displayed multiple times and in discrete form. Participants' response times and error rates were recorded. Dyslexic children not only have trouble identifying strings of letters, but also programming eye movements and synchronizing speech output. Thus reading is a multiple component task presenting difficulty for dyslexic children. During the article the authors outline the results of the tests and analyze reasons for the differences between the two groups.
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10 strategies for helping kids with ADHD build self-confidence
Psych Central
It's common for kids with ADHD to feel bad about themselves. ADHD creates challenges in all areas of their lives, from home to school. It also doesn't help that they often get negative feedback from all sides. Parents scold them for acting out.

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In plain language: 5 big FAQ's about dyslexia
Psychology Today
Psychologists, cognitive scientists and neuroscientists are unraveling the mysteries of dyslexia. But if you are a parent, teacher or caregiver, it may be hard to read and comprehend the latest research.

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Common Core's promise collides with IEP realities
Education Week
One of the most promising elements of common academic standards for students with disabilities, say experts in special education, is that they offer explicit connections from one set of skills to another.

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The Common Core is tough on kids who are still learning English
The Atlantic
Remarkable things are happening at Laurel Street Elementary School in Los Angeles. Ninety percent of its 580 students are eligible for free or reduced lunch. More than 60 percent of its students are classified as English learners. And yet the school has established a stellar record of success: a national Title I Distinguished School Award in 2012 in recognition of its high academic achievement, a Golden Bell Award for its innovative writing program, and a Dispelling the Myth award from the nonprofit Education Trust.
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Special educator interest in Common Core heated up in 2013
Education Week
2013 was a tough time to eke out any news on special education at the federal level. Sure, there were the effects of the sequester cuts (and the prospect that those cuts may soon be alleviated), but Washington was not where special educators were looking in the past 12 months. Instead, they were intensely interested in any news relating to the Common Core State Standards, judging by a look at the most-read blog entries for On Special Educaton Blog in 2013. A post noting that the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, one of the test-writing consortia, was seeking comment on proposed accommodations drew high readership, as did follow-up blog posts noting that PARCC had released a proposed accommodations and accessibility manual for students with disabilities, and that the organization adopted a final version of the manual in June.
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