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High cost of Common Core has states rethinking the national education standards
Fox News
States are learning the cost of Common Core is uncommonly high. The federally-backed standards initiative, first proposed by the nation's governors and an educators' association, seeks to impose a national standard for achievement among K-12 students. So far, 45 states plus the District of Columbia have signed on, with some implementing curriculum designed for the Common Core Standards Initiative during the current school year and the rest set to take part in the next school year. But several states are reconsidering their participation, and one big reason is the cost.
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What musicians can tell us about dyslexia and the brain
Wired
Dyslexia is a frustrating disorder that gives otherwise smart people trouble with reading. Nobody knows exactly what causes it, but one popular hypothesis is that the root of the problem is a deficit in the brain’s ability to process sounds, especially during childhood. Kids who have a hard time parsing all those talky sounds that grownups make also struggle to learn the connections between speech sounds and words on a page. And that's what causes the reading difficulties, or so the thinking goes.
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Battling bullies: Safety experts offer advice on dealing with bullying, cyberbullying
Gaston Gazette
School is a place for young people to learn, grown and acquire skills for their future. But, what happens when that place is no longer one of comfort, safety and assurance? In addition to physical bullying, students today may also face cyberbullying, making safety awareness more important than ever. Tracy and Charley Vega, personal safety experts and founders of Simple Self Defense for Women & Children, offered their knowledge on these hot-button issues recently.
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Receiving testing accommodations for learning disabilities
The Huffington Post
Many talented, bright high school students have diagnosed — or undiagnosed — learning disabilities. According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately one in seven Americans has some type of disability, including dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and many others.
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America's school funding problems, state by state
The Washington Post
A new report on school funding reveals how uneven and unfair public school funding is in states across the country. The report, titled "Is School Funding Fair? A National Report Card," looks at funding data from 2007 through 2011, analyzing the condition of state school finance systems with a focus on the fair distribution of resources to the neediest students. It covers the period before the big 2008 recession and through the start of the recovery.
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Study: Shy kids know the answer — They just won't say it out loud
The Atlantic
This is a good moment to be an introvert. A host of books and articles have been published in recent years extolling the virtues of being reserved, and defending inhibited personalities from the longstanding cultural belief that being outgoing and gregarious is the key to success.

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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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Schools' citizenship courses failing in their civic mission, experts say
Phys.org
Service-learning projects have become popular in U.S. public schools for teaching citizenship values. However, these curricula may be failing at their civic mission by promoting narrow views of civic engagement and marginalizing people with disabilities, say experts in special education at the University of Illinois and the University of Maine.
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Study: Districts vary widely in the amount of time they spend on testing
Education Week
Students in some school districts spend 20 more hours annually on district- and state-mandated math and English/language arts tests than do their peers in other districts, a new study has found. "The Student & the Stopwatch," released Wednesday by TeachPlus, examines the wide variations in the time spent on testing. Nationwide, it found that some districts spend five times more time on tests than others. Urban schoolchildren tend to spend more time in testing than those in the suburbs. And teachers say that testing costs them twice as much instructional time as their students actually spend taking the tests.
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Fine motor skills and academic achievement
Psychology Today
When it comes to achievement, many people are surprised to learn that a robust predictor is fine motor skills. This is an association that was first popularized by Grissmer, Grimm, Ayer, Murrah, and Steele (2010), who found early fine motor skills in kindergarten were a predictor for reading and math achievement during elementary school. Other fields (e.g., optometry, special education) have noted a motor-achievement association as well. This association has been found with samples that extend beyond elementary school, to eighth grade (Carlson, 2013) and beyond (Carlson, Row, & Curby, 2013) and for students with developmental disabilities (Kim, Carlson, Curby, & Winsler, 2014). The benefit of fine motor skills has also been seen as early as preschool (Kim et al., 2014).
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Vouchers get fresh attention from state policymakers
Education Week
Policymakers around the country are embroiled in debates over private school vouchers, with school choice-related legislation bidding for attention in multiple statehouses, as well as in the U.S. Senate. Proposals to create programs that provide public funds for private school tuition have been introduced in Alaska, Indiana, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Wisconsin. And in North Carolina, a lawsuit aimed at curtailing a new voucher program has been gaining support from school districts.
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