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Congress tweaks state special education spending mandates
Education Week
States that run afoul of federal rules for special education funding will be punished — though not forever — under a technical, but important tweak to state maintenance of effort under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The change, which was crafted with the help of the U.S. Department of Education, was included in the giant spending bill for the rest of this fiscal year (better known in Inside the Beltway as a continuing resolution, or CR) that Congress passed.
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ADHD seen in 11 percent of US children as diagnoses rise
The New York Times
Nearly 1-in-5 high school age boys in the United States and 11 percent of school-age children over all have received a medical diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to new data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These rates reflect a marked rise over the last decade and could fuel growing concern among many doctors that the ADHD diagnosis and its medication are overused in American children.
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With GOP advocate, education issues could gain steam in Congress
Education Week
Education issues — which haven't gotten a lot of attention from Congress over the past four years — may have picked up an unlikely but powerful advocate: U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor. As the majority leader in the House of Representatives, the Virginia Republican has a major role in setting the agenda for the chamber. Throughout President Barack Obama's first term, Cantor served as a key counterweight to the administration's agenda on a broad swath of domestic issues, largely aligning himself with more conservative House Republicans on everything from health care to deficit reduction.
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With vouchers, states shift aid for schools to families
The New York Times
A growing number of lawmakers across the country are taking steps to redefine public education, shifting the debate from the classroom to the pocketbook. Instead of simply financing a traditional system of neighborhood schools, legislators and some governors are headed toward funneling public money directly to families, who would be free to choose the kind of schooling they believe is best for their children, be it public, charter, private, religious, online or at home.
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Number of early childhood vaccines not linked to autism
NPR
A large new government study should reassure parents who are afraid that kids are getting autism because they receive too many vaccines too early in life. The study, by researchers at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, found no connection between the number of vaccines a child received and his or her risk of autism spectrum disorder. It also found that even though kids are getting more vaccines these days, those vaccines contain many fewer of the substances that provoke an immune response.
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Meditation technique enhances children's mental health
Medical Xpress
Educators in schools across the globe are turning to a new philosophy to help improve the behavior and well-being of students. Mindfulness, a form of meditation, has been shown to help with a wide range of mental health conditions and improve well-being in adults. However, few trials have evaluated its effectiveness in children. Professor Willem Kuyken from the Mood Disorders Centre at the University of Exeter is presenting new research findings from a feasibility trial which show how the mindfulness technique is also effective in improving well-being in young people.
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Gym-classroom hybrid helping kids with learning problems
WFAA-TV
For every finger tap, leg cross and persistent wiggle, doctors have prescribed a pill for 16-year-old Sophia Rodriguez. "I really cannot sit still," she mumbled. "I don't like saying I have to take meds because it makes me feel weak in my own eyes." Since birth, Sophia has struggled to focus, and her grades have suffered as well. "Sometimes I don't understand why I can't do it without," Rodriguez wondered out loud.
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Parent-focused classes may help tots at risk for ADHD
HealthDay News via The Philadelphia Inquirer
Parent behavior training is an effective and well-studied intervention for preschoolers at risk of developing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, a new review shows. Such programs seek to promote a positive relationship between the parent and child, and to teach effective discipline strategies that rely on rewards and non-punitive consequences.
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Athletics for all
District Administration Magazine
The glory days of high school sports are no longer reserved for dream team athletes, as athletic directors are increasingly opening up sports to all students, regardless of ability, and seeing winning results on the field and off. This push is reflected in the most recent National Federation of State High School Associations survey, which shows that in 2011-2012, participation in high school sports had grown for the 23rd consecutive year. The annual High School Athletics Participation Survey, which includes the association's 51 member states and the District of Columbia, shows an all-time high participation of 7.7 million students, more than 55 percent of enrolled high schoolers. This is up nearly 14 percent from 2001-2002.
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1-in-5 New York City preteens have mental woes
New York Post
More than 145,000 city children — roughly 1-in-5 — between 6 and 12 struggle with mental illness or other emotional woes, a new study has found. The city Health Department's analysis shows that 6 percent of kids in that age range have been diagnosed with ADHD, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and other behavioral problems. That's 44,000 children. A survey of parents also reveals that 14 percent of undiagnosed kids — about 101,000 children in that age group — "have difficulties with emotions, concentration, behavior or getting along with others."
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Sunshine, lower rates of ADHD correlated
The Columbus Dispatch
In places where sunshine is plentiful, fewer children have attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to new research.

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The worst victims of the education sequester: Special needs students and poor kids
The Atlantic
The sequester's guillotine has little regard for good or bad programs as it unselectively slices spending across the country, but perhaps nowhere does its indiscriminate blade fall more harshly than within education.

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Overcoming reading problems: How can we stlil raed words wehn teh lettres are jmbuled up?
Medical News Today
Researchers in the U.K. have taken an important step towards understanding how the human brain 'decodes' letters on a page to read a word.

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Sleep disorder in children linked to learning complications
Counsel & Heal
Sleep apnea is a common and serious sleeping disorder in which breathing patterns, such as normal breathing, are disrupted during sleep. Extreme cases of sleep apnea that go untreated might result in consistently cutting of oxygen, which can dangerously affect the body. Sleep apnea afflicts one in four percent of children between the ages of two to eight and thus, it is vital in understanding how the disease can influence different aspects of a child's learning and growth. A new study done by researchers form the University of Arizona in Tucson revealed that sleep apnea might also be linked to increasing the chances for children in developing attention deficiency hyperactivity disorder, learning complications and other adaptive disorders.
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The impact of gun violence: A conversation with students
ED.gov Blog (commentary)
Arne Duncan, the secretary of the Department of Education, writes: "All my life, I have been aware of the impact that violence — and especially gun violence — has on children, families and communities. Young men who I got to know in pickup basketball games in Chicago — just kids, as I was myself back then — were buried far, far before their time, killed in moments of senseless stupidity. Early on a recent morning, I visited Hart Middle School in the Anacostia neighborhood of DC, literally on the way from home to my office. I simply asked the students to tell me their experiences, and they bravely and honestly did — even with a video camera in the room."
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Sunshine, lower rates of ADHD correlated
The Columbus Dispatch
In places where sunshine is plentiful, fewer children have attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to new research. This is the first report of a statistically significant correlation between sunshine — measured as "solar intensity" — and the disorder, said L. Eugene Arnold, an ADHD expert who worked on the study and a professor emeritus of psychiatry at Ohio State University.
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