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9 states win race to top early learning grants
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Nine states will share $500 million in Race to the Top early learning grants, the US Department of Education confirmed. They are: California, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Washington. They will get grants ranging from $50 million to $100 million, based on the state's student population, to significantly improve early-education programs in their states. More

Colleges overwhelmed with disability accommodation requests
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Requests for disability accommodations at college campuses are on the rise, leaving administrators struggling to determine whether or not flexibility is warranted in every case. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, universities are required to provide "reasonable accommodations" for students with disabilities. Often this means allowing those with special needs extra time or a quiet room for exams. More

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College opportunities emerge for people with disabilities
Education Week's On Special Education Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Doesn't Brock McDonald sound like a typical college kid? He will graduate from UCLA next June. He lives in an apartment with two roommates, a place he has to clean and maintain, and he manages his weekly budget, hoping to spend wisely on groceries and other needs each week so he has money left over. He works part-time at Fox Studios, and he has an internship maintaining computers. He is hoping all of his computer skills will help him one day get a job at Apple. But for Brock, 24, who has severe dysgraphia, a typical college program may have been out of reach. He attends Pathway at UCLA, which is designed just for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. More

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Alternative ADHD treatment: Neurofeedback
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Can neurofeedback really help your child? Here's what you need to know about this alternative ADHD treatment. Neurofeedback, an alternative ADHD treatment, uses brain exercises to reduce impulsivity and increase attentiveness. More

School bullying report makes recommendations to address issue, support victims
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Struggling students who get bullied are more likely to slip behind and cut class. According to a report released by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, victims of bullying are often, as a result of social and emotional hurdles, distanced from learning, disadvantaged academically and more likely to fall behind in school attendance. More

State high school tests: Changes in state policies and the impact of the college and career readiness movement
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The Center on Education Policy released its 10th annual report on state high school testing policies. State High School Tests: Changes in State Policies and the Impact of the College and Career Readiness Movement finds that fewer states are requiring students to pass an exit exam to receive a high school diploma than last year, yet assessments that measure a student’s readiness for college and/or a career are gaining in popularity. More

Lingering shortage of ADHD drugs unravels lives
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After nearly 10 months, the nationwide shortage of ADHD drugs has taken a toll on Kate Skinn. The 32-year-old Ohio woman had to take a medical leave from college because she can't focus on her reading. She's lost income from her job as a waitress because she's distracted at work. And she's had to struggle even harder than usual juggling the needs of her boyfriend and their four children, all because she can't reliably get the Adderall that helps her cope. More

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Q&A: A few minutes with Jessica Black
The Boston College Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It might seem unusual for a faculty member in social work to be involved in research that has to do with brain imaging and neural systems, but for the past several years, Boston College Graduate School of Social Work Assistant Professor Jessica Black has taken part in studies of dyslexia in early childhood through adolescence. Black discussed her research interests, and their potential application in social work, with Sean Smith of The Boston College Chronicle. More

Ohio legislature passes dyslexia bill authored by North Canton Resident
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When North Canton Patch wrote about House Bill 157 in July of this year, the teacher behind the bill, Rebecca Tolson, had her fingers crossed that it would make its way to law. At that time, it was halfway there. The Ohio Senate had given its approval with a vote of 97-0. And the response from the Ohio House of Representatives was just as supportive — 90-1, according to a recent update from the Canton Repository. The bill will go into effect shortly after being signed. More

Tim Tebow: Inspiring others to press on to the endzone
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Every day, Kristi Overton Johnson's son faces a tough opponent. It's called dyslexia. She writes that every night her heart breaks for her son as she watches him struggle with self-esteem issues over his inability to read. After watching a recent Denver Broncos game, she and her son talked about Tim Tebow's game and how if we choose to never quit, we can achieve victory, he looked at her and said, "Mom, that's just football." To which she replied, "No son, that's life." More

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