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Why schools over-discipline children with disabilities
The Atlantic
A quarter-century ago, on July 26, 1990, Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act to give people with disabilities equal access to services like public education. But the rate at which special-needs students are disciplined raises questions about how equal that access truly is. In public schools today, children with disabilities are far more likely than their classmates to be disciplined, removed from the classroom, suspended and even expelled.
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Education Department celebrates ADA's 25th anniversary
Education Week
Twenty-five years after the Americans With Disabilities Act passed, schools and other public spaces have made strides to accommodate children and youth with disabilities, said the participants at a U.S. Department of Education event to honor the civil rights law. But there is still work to be done on making the promise of the ADA the "delivered reality of our kids in schools," said Catherine E. Lhamon, the assistant secretary for civil rights at the department.
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A song of loneliness, empathy and action
By: Howard Margolis
For at least 100 times over the past several days, I've listened to Vivian Green's rendition of "Oh, Freedom." Her performance was morally powerful, personally humbling, and haunting in a bittersweet way. In its courage and moral power, it offers lessons to those of us concerned about the needs and dignity of children and adults with disabilities.
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As Senate passes ESEA bill, focus shifts to compromise
Education News
The U.S. Senate has passed an update to the much-criticized No Child Left Behind education with a vote of 81-17. The bill cleared a week after the House barely passed its version of the rewrite of the 2002 law. This win was one that Republican supporters had worked months to achieve. Maggie Severns and Kimberly Hefling, writing for Politico, say it is now time for the two chambers and the Obama administration to negotiate a bill that will be acceptable to the President and House Republicans. The House GOP members passed their bill without any Democratic support and under the threat of having it vetoed.
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What we (don't) know about English learners and special education
Education Week
English language learners are one of the nation's fastest-growing student populations. But when it comes to English learners who may also have learning disabilities, states and districts are struggling both to identify these children and to steer them to effective programs. A document released from the federal Institute of Education Sciences and written by the Regional Laboratory West at WestEd outlines the challenges facing schools around English learners and students with disabilities. The document offers examples of what some states are doing around student identification and support of English learners with disabilities.
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How the big new education law could cut testing time
NPR
Both houses of Congress have now passed versions of the bill that would update the largest federal education law, known as No Child Left Behind, for the first time since 2001. They are big, meaty and complicated, and now they have to be reconciled into one messy Dagwood sandwich of a bill to go to the president. There's one slice in the pile that hasn't been widely discussed. The Senate version of the bill contains several amendments aimed at addressing one of the hottest issues in education: standardized testing. "This bill would ... reduce the burden of testing on classroom time," Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in his official statement about the Senate bill.
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5 clever ideas to spark independent reading by kids
MindShift
There are so many concepts, skills and standards to be covered in any given school day, week or year that it can be easy to forget about one simple activity that promotes autonomy and starts students down a path of lifelong learning — independent reading. Kids are increasingly immersed in their digital devices, leading some adults to worry that reading for pleasure is in danger of disappearing. But creative school librarians are proving there are plenty of great ways to get kids excited about reading on their own.
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An under-appreciated way of teaching kids to think rationally
The Washington Post (commentary)
Philosophy is often thought of as a subject suitable for college students. We don't generally think that third graders would do well having to write a paper about the epistemological basis for David Hume's naturalism, but, in fact, there are methods of teaching philosophy to very young students that can help them learn to think for themselves in ways that other subjects don't.
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Justice Department says Georgia illegally segregates students
Disability Scoop
At a school in Cordele, students with behavioral disorders must use segregated restrooms. They have separate lunch periods. They have to enter through a special door and, unlike their peers without disabilities, pass through a metal detector. In Rome, students in the Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support program aren't allowed to engage with other students — or even leave the basement. "School," one student said, "is like prison where I am in the weird class." Through such programs, Georgia illegally segregates thousands of students with behavioral or psychiatric disorders, often in schools that are dirty, in poor repair and, in some cases, served as blacks-only facilities before court-ordered integration, the U.S. Justice Department.
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NCLB rewrite could provide funding for states to audit standardized tests
Education World
Now that both the Senate and House have passed their own versions of a No Child Left Behind rewrite, they must work together to develop one comprehensive piece of legislation for presidential approval. In the meantime, many questions are being raised concerning just what the new legislation could mean for the future of standardized testing in America's classrooms.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Monitoring accommodations for effective learning (By: Pamela Hill)
Feds: Most states failing to meet special education obligations (Disability Scoop)
Identifying literacy and learning disabilities early (Language Magazine)
Districts turning to neuroscience for new instruction strategies (Education Dive)
Budget allocates $10 million for training in positive discipline (EdSource)

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Survey: Expect education to be big issue in 2016 presidential campaign
Forbes
What's the most important issue facing the country? As usual, it's the economy and jobs, according to the latest annual survey from the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice. But education is the second issue on the minds of Americans who have been bombarded over the past year with news about Common Core curriculum standards, soaring student debt and standardized test opt-out movements in schools across the country.
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