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Plan to relax special education standards worries advocates
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Disability advocates are calling out a group of Republican senators for proposing changes to federal education law that they say would lower expectations for students with disabilities. In a letter sent to six Republican senators, more than three dozen disability advocacy organizations asked the lawmakers to reconsider their proposal to reauthorize the nation's primary education law known as No Child Left Behind. Disability advocates say they are concerned that the approach could jeopardize accountability by allowing an excessive number of students to take alternate tests. More

Report shows minority, disabled students suspended at higher rates
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U.S. public schools suspend black, Hispanic and disabled students at much higher rates than others, according to a new report by a Colorado-based civil rights group. The report by the National Education Policy Center says that frequent suspensions and expulsions should "raise questions about a school's disciplinary policies, discrimination, the quality of its school leadership and the training of its personnel." More

Analysis: GOP anti-federalism aims at education
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For a generation, there has been loose bipartisan agreement in Washington that the federal government has a necessary role to play in the nation's 13,600 school districts, primarily by using money to compel states to raise standards. But the field of Republican presidential candidates has promised to unwind this legacy, arguing that education responsibilities should devolve to states and local districts. It is unclear whether the current field of candidates favors eliminating the department's entire $68 billion budget. Most funds support broadly popular programs, which includes local aid for students with disabilities. More

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Are we testing enough or too little? Parents' opinions differ
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While some parents and advocates for students with disabilities worry that their children are being left out of testing, others are pushing to have their children exempted. And then there are parents who claim modified tests are being given to children without learning disabilities. More

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Is education software failing our schools?
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The website of Carnegie Learning, a company started by scientists at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh that sells classroom software, trumpets this promise: "Revolutionary Math Curricula. Revolutionary Results." A review by the U.S. Department of Education last year would suggest a much less alluring come-on: Undistinguished math curricula. Unproven results. More

Supermodel/actress Carré Otis recounts childhood as dyslexic in memoir
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Supermodel Carré Otis — who rose to fame on numerous fashion magazine covers and married actor Mickey Rourke — recounts challenges and triumphs in her new memoir "Beauty Disrupted." In the following excerpt, Otis details her experience growing up with dyslexia. More

Feds allocate $19 million to train special educators
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Federal education officials are doling out over $19 million across the country in an effort to better prepare teachers to work with students who have disabilities. The majority of the funds — $11.5 million — will go to universities in 24 states to train educators to address everything from early intervention to speech and language needs as well as transition. Meanwhile, $7.7 million is headed to state officials in Connecticut, Louisiana, Maine, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon and Wyoming in order to enhance professional development for special educators. More

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Indianapolis school offers learning environment for ADHD, dyslexic students
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Getting through school can be tough for any student. For those with learning disabilities, it's especially difficult. But there's one Indianapolis school that's completely geared toward students who deal with dyslexia and ADHD. You'll find plenty of creative visual aids at the Hutson School. Students use a variety of learning tools, including pictures and displays. More

University of Minnesota graduate with learning disabilities wins accommodations on LSAT
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A 22-year-old Minnetonka, Minn., man with a learning disability who asked for accommodations to take the Law School Admission Test and was twice denied has received the opportunity to take the exam as the result of a government settlement. Among the requests by the unidentifed 2009 University of Minnesota graduate that will now be accommodated: more time to take the LSAT, permission to use his own computer for essay answers and use of an alternative sheet for filling in other answers. More

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Despite support, prospects slim for federal bullying law
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Despite the high profile of bullying over the past two years — including a White House summit to discuss the issue — prospects for a federal bullying law are dim. It's not for a lack of proposals. At least six bills have been introduced in Congress this year that would boost the federal government's role in bullying prevention. They range from allowing a grant to be used for anti-bullying efforts to enacting federal protections for gay and lesbian students. But none of those six have had a committee hearing or a vote. More

Author of 'Living Lexi' to discuss raising dyslexic child at annual conference
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Shelley Trammell, author of "Living Lexi: A Walk in the Life of a Dyslexic," will share her story as a parent raising a daughter with the learning disorder at San Angelo, Texas' JPW Learning Center's third annual dyslexia conference. The JPW Learning Center's principal role is to provide training for teachers who then help children with dyslexia learn to read. The JPW Learning Center is one of 10 centers in Texas accredited by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council. Graduates become academic language therapists, certified by the Academic Language Therapist Association. More

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Sensory integration and young adults with learning differences: Finding the right environment in a classroom or dorm
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Many young adults ages 18-26 need support as they enter college, pursue career training, and learn the skills needed for life, work, and independent living. The diagnosis of a learning difference will help young adults with sensory issues receive the help they need and gain the self-awareness necessary to make a successful transition from adolescence to adulthood. Finding the right classroom, dormitory room, or an apartment environment that supports and accommodates young adults needs is essential. More

Special-needs kids learn life skills at Phoenix high school
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Ten years ago, Jamaica Drowne helped start a Special Education and Life Skills program at Mountain Pointe High School in Phoenix that opened the door of opportunity for special-needs teens and young adults. Today's MPHS Life Skills program has 28 students, ranging from freshman beginning at age 14 to young adults age 22. There are four teachers, including Drowne: Heidi Klepfer, Jenny Thompson and Anne Schumann. More

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