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Education reform bills pour out of Congress
The Hill
Members of the House and Senate introduced several education-related bills, including a Senate proposal to reauthorize and amend the No Child Left Behind Act. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, who sponsored that bill with other Democrats, said the goal of the bill is to codify some of the flexibilities that the Department of Education has given to states as they try to meet NCLB standards. "We ask for a system of shared responsibility with States and school districts," Harkin said of his bill, S. 1094. "I believe that we are entering an era in which the federal government can work in partnership with States to improve our nation's schools, while continuing to provide a backstop to avoid returning to old ways."
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Study: Vision, dyslexia not linked
HealthDay News
A new brain imaging study appears to rule out one potential cause of dyslexia, finding that vision problems don't lead to the common reading disorder. The new research could have a wide-ranging impact on the detection and treatment of dyslexia, said senior study author Guinevere Eden, director of the Center for the Study of Learning at Georgetown University Medical Center. The study appears June 6 in the journal Neuron.
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Governors, state education chiefs discuss improving child literacy
The Washington Post
Governors and education chiefs from nine states said Tuesday that a focus on early-childhood education, the changing dynamic of families and supporting low-income students could help improve literacy across the country. Discussing the nation's literacy crisis at a Washington Post policy forum in the District, the panel of political and education leaders said states need to do more to help children learn to read by the third grade, a key educational milestone at which children shift to "reading to learn." Those who can't read proficiently by third grade are more likely to struggle in later grades.
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Teacher collaboration, professional communities improve many elementary school students' math scores
American Sociological Association via Science Daily
Many elementary students' math performance improves when their teachers collaborate, work in professional learning communities or do both, yet most students don't spend all of their elementary school years in these settings, a new study by UNC Charlotte researchers shows. Collaboration involves teachers working together to promote student achievement. A professional community exists when teachers feel a sense of belonging to a school, take pride in the school, understand and accept the school's mission, and are constantly learning strategies to improve student achievement.
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Study: Kids with ADHD less able to process emotions during sleep
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Parts of the brain thought to support consolidation of emotional memories during sleep are less active in children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to a new study. This deficit in sleep-related emotional processing may worsen the emotional problems of children with this condition, researchers in Germany report. Children with ADHD have difficulty sustaining attention, and often display hyperactivity and impulsive behavior. The neurobehavioral disorder affects 3 percent to 5 percent of U.S. children, more of them boys than girls.
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More thorough developmental screenings recommended
Disability Scoop
In an effort to improve long-term outcomes, a leading group of pediatricians says doctors should routinely evaluate babies and young children for motor skills delays. The American Academy of Pediatrics said in a clinical report published this month that motor skills assessments should be incorporated into the developmental screenings recommended to take place at well-child visits at ages 9, 18 and 30 months. Previously, such evaluations primarily emphasized language and social development.
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Bill to alter Bush-era education law gives states more room
The New York Times
Renewing the effort to revise No Child Left Behind, the signature Bush-era federal education law, Sen. Tom Harkin, Democrat of Iowa, introduced a new version that he said would "replace the failed tenets" of the law. Less than two years after Congress last tried to update the law, which governs public schools that receive federal money to support the country's most disadvantaged students, Harkin, chairman of the Senate education committee, opened what is likely to be a fierce debate over the proper role of the federal government in public education.
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Many children with autism also have ADHD
Medical News Today
In a study of the co-occurrence of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism spectrum disorder in early school-age children (4- to 8- years-old), researchers at the Kennedy Krieger Institute found that nearly one-third of children with ASD also have clinically significant ADHD symptoms. Published in Autism: The International Journal and Practice (Epub ahead of print), the study also found that children with both ASD and ADHD are significantly more impaired on measures of cognitive, social and adaptive functioning compared to children with ASD only.
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New methods help student deal with dyslexia
Las Cruces Sun-News
For most of her childhood and adolescence, school was a struggle for Karen Tillery. Reading caused painful headaches, teachers' lectures were garbled with the voices of her classmates and new concepts didn't register immediately, if at all, and the reasons why were a mystery. "She wasn't able to do questions, comprehension and had difficulty spelling. She was distracted and couldn't focus," said Lisa Tillery, mother of the 17-year-old Mesilla Valley Christian School student.
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Online comments about special education students spark outrage
Disability Scoop
A special education teacher is in hot water after allegedly posting photos of student tests and notes from parents on social media appended with demeaning commentary. The posts were discovered by a parent who said that when searching the Internet for her son's teacher at Bennet-Kew Elementary School in Inglewood, Calif., she came across photos of tests and other documents, some of which included the names of students. There were also comments about the students' parents with one reading "I have the dumbest parents in my class."
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What you need to know about ESEA reauthorization
National Center for Learning Disabilities
Congress is taking up the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Here's what you need to know if you are a parent of a student with learning disabilities.

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How iPads and tablets are changing the face of special education
We are Teachers
The past three years have seen a sea change in the use of technology in special education. The introduction of the iPad, followed by numerous other tablets, has put technology into the hands of students in a way unprecedented in the years before.

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How to train students' brains for the Common Core
eSchool News
The Common Core State Standards ask students to perform with higher levels of cognition and application, and brain training and specific teaching methods can help students succeed with these new standards, experts say.

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Why our current obsession with high-stakes testing is wrong
eSchool News
The members of AASA, the school superintendents association, are committed to guaranteeing to every American child a public education that develops his or her achievement in each of the areas that traditionally have been goals of American schools. First and foremost, our schools should promote good citizenship, including the habit and practice of participation in civic life by voting — as well as by contributing to community well-being in voluntary association with fellow citizens. High achievement includes the organizational and collaborative skills needed to participate effectively in our democracy and practice in the nonviolent resolution of conflict.
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Brain imaging study eliminates differences in visual function as a cause of dyslexia
Science Daily
A new brain imaging study of dyslexia shows that differences in the visual system do not cause the disorder, but instead are likely a consequence. The findings, published in the journal Neuron, provide important insights into the cause of this common reading disorder and address a long-standing debate about the role of visual symptoms observed in developmental dyslexia. Dyslexia is the most prevalent of all learning disabilities, affecting about 12 percent of the U.S. population. Beyond the primarily observed reading deficits, individuals with dyslexia often also exhibit subtle weaknesses in processing visual stimuli.
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Virginia's Fairfax County School Board reviews discipline policies for special needs students
The Washington Post
In the 181,500-student Fairfax County, Va., school district, students with disabilities represent about 14 percent of the enrollment but are involved in about 40 percent of all discipline cases, according to school officials. At a county school board work session, members focused on the disparity as they reviewed proposed changes to the district's discipline policies aimed at making school administrators more sensitive to the needs of students with disabilities.
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