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Special education spending declines
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Funding for special education has fallen in recent years, according to a new report which finds that many school districts are spending less per student today than they did in 2008. The analysis from the the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities indicates that federal spending on students with disabilities is down 11 percent since 2010. The decline is at least partly due to sequestration — the automatic, across-the-board budget cuts that took effect earlier this year — the report said.
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New York University professor counters the testing and privatization of public schools
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
New York University professor Diane Ravitch — once a supporter of the education overhaul movement and now an outspoken critic of testing and privatization of public schools — believes the tide is turning against a culture reliant on test scores and corporate profit. Ravitch spoke to more than 600 people at Temple Sinai in Squirrel Hill where her appearance was hosted by Great Schools Pittsburgh, which includes Action United, One Pittsburgh, Interfaith Impact Network, Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers, Service Employees International Union and Yinzercation.
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Why teaching mindfulness benefits students' learning
MindShift
What do children and adolescents need to be successful in life? When this question arises, a common answer is "a good education." Academic success is the goal that is emphasized in standards-based movements about education reform, and it is currently in the forefront of public consciousness. The most typical benchmarks of academic success include outcomes such as test performance, progress through the educational system, and mastery of content knowledge. However, teachers and therapists who work with youth on a day-to-day basis, and who witness their progress and their struggles, know that there is more to this story. There is little doubt that in addition to academic success, we also want our youth to be happy and well.
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State and locals to US Senate: Rewrite No Child Left Behind Act
Education Week
A collection of big-name state and local government groups really, really wants U.S. Senate leaders to bring a bill to the floor to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and soon. "State governments, localities, and schools need a long-term resolution for the issues raised by the current federal education law, the No Child Left Behind Act," write the National Governors Association, the Council of Chief State School Officers, the National League of Cities, the National Association of State Boards of Education, the National Conference of State Legislatures, and four other groups, in a letter sent to Senate leaders.
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How educators can address parents' confusion about Common Core
MindShift
Although 45 states and the District of Columbia have adopted the Common Core State Standards, a recent Gallup/Phi Delta Kappa Poll revealed that 62 percent of Americans have never heard of Common Core, and 55 percent of public school parents don't know what it is. "Almost two of three Americans have never heard of the Common Core State Standards, arguably one of the most important education initiatives in decades, and most of those who say they know about the Common Core neither understand it nor embrace it," the Poll summary states.
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Youth more likely to be bullied at schools with anti-bullying programs, UT Arlington researcher finds
Medical News Today
Anti-bullying initiatives have become standard at schools across the country, but a new UT Arlington study finds that students attending those schools may be more likely to be a victim of bullying than children at schools without such programs. The findings run counter to the common perception that bullying prevention programs can help protect kids from repeated harassment or physical and emotional attacks.
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Students' happiness at school goes a long way in learning
News-Leader (commentary)
Got out an old study of school climate that my good and faithful research team conducted a fistful of years back. Why is a good learning environment so important? When students feel safe, enjoy being where they are and are happy, they tend to return more often, they tend to behave and they tend to learn. The overall climate of a school begins in the classroom. My research team discovered that classrooms could be new, old, high tech, low tech, large, small, near the principal's office or far away. It didn't matter.
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Paper: Federal officials should detail their Common Core work
Education Week
A new paper calls on the federal government to release information about how much time and money it has spent on the initiative. That recommendation, and others, are in a new paper released by the Pioneer Institute, "A Republic of Republics: How Common Core Undermines State and Local Autonomy over K12 Education." The Boston-based advocacy group has been one of the most outspoken opponents of the Common Core State Standards, which have been adopted by all but four states. The paper is co-sponsored by several organizations that have also been highly critical of the standards: the American Principles Project, the Pacific Research Institute and the Civitas Institute.
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Students' happiness at school goes a long way in learning
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Got out an old study of school climate that my good and faithful research team conducted a fistful of years back. Why is a good learning environment so important? When students feel safe, enjoy being where they are and are happy, they tend to return more often, they tend to behave and they tend to learn.

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Reading the brain: FDA approves first scan for diagnosing ADHD
TIME
It’s the first test to diagnose the behavioral disorder using brain wave patterns, but it won’t be the last. The idea of reading the brain's activity for clues to mental illness is gaining ground.

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Study: MRI might allow earlier diagnosis of dyslexia
HealthDay News
Brain scans may help diagnose people with the common reading disorder dyslexia, a new study reveals. MRI scans in 40 kindergarten children revealed a link between poor pre-reading skills and the size of a structure that connects two language-processing areas in the brain, the researchers said.

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Aerobic fitness boosts memory and learning in children
Medical New Today
Researchers say that physical fitness in children can boost their memory and learning abilities, particularly when initially learning a task that is more challenging. The research, published in the journal PLOS ONE, was conducted by Lauren Raine and colleagues from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The study involved 48 children aged 9 and 10-years-old. On the first day, a test was carried out to measure the children's aerobic fitness. This involved conducting a maximal oxygen consumption test, which was done while the children carried out physical activity on a treadmill.
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CDC: Half of kids with disabilities skip flu shots
Disability Scoop
Despite an increased risk for complications from the flu, many children with intellectual disability, cerebral palsy and other disorders are not vaccinated to protect against the virus. Just half of children with neurologic or neurodevelopmental conditions receive the flu vaccine each year, according to a report published in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. That's similar to the vaccination rate for all children, but presents a dilemma because kids with special needs face bigger risks of hospitalization or even death if they contract the flu, officials said.
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