The LD Source
Jun. 11, 2015

Few states have replenished education funds cut during recession
McClatchy Washington Bureau
Only a handful of states that cut education money during the recession have increased it since the economic recovery, according to a report about how public schools are funded. It also found that most states don't funnel extra education dollars to public schools with high concentrations of poverty. "The nation as a whole, this report shows, is failing to provide the resources our students need," said David Sciarra, executive director of the Education Law Center, an advocacy group for equal educational opportunity that produced the report. It covers the nation's 49 million K-12 students in public schools.More

18 ways to advocate for your child with learning disabilities
By: Howard Margolis
With summer vacation here, scores of IEPs are in disrepair. And many parents feel bewildered. They know they must advocate for their children, but don't know what to do and how to do it. Consequently, many act in self-defeating ways, inadvertently undermining their children's education. If you're a parent (or teacher) who feels unprepared for your child's IEP meeting, you can still take advantage of the IEP process — which uses the summer to complete and improve the IEP.More

Embracing my dyslexia makes me a better teacher
SchoolWeek (commentary)
Rachel Jones, a contributor for SchoolWeek, writes: "Tasks such as writing and alphabetizing can be time-consuming and tricky, but children learn more helpful lessons when we are honest about the challenges we face in life than when we try to conceal them. What is it like to be a teacher with dyslexia? I have been staring at that question for 20 minutes now, and, despite being a teacher with dyslexia, I'm not sure I know the answer."More

Replacing filler in special education documents
Special education teachers want to celebrate the achievements of their students, but doing so can be difficult for those students who struggle to make progress. Consequently, teachers have a tendency to inflate the smallest successes. For some students, finding these successes takes some reaching.More

5 of the most extreme claims made against Common Core in the last 5 years
The Huffington Post
A final version of the Common Core State Standards was released on June 2, 2010, meaning the education benchmarks turn 5 years old. It hasn't been a peaceful childhood for the Common Core. The standards, which have been adopted in a majority of states, emphasize critical thinking over rote memorization, and aim to make students more college- and career-ready. A bipartisan group of education experts, governors and state school chiefs developed the standards, and the Obama administration incentivized states to adopt higher standards through its Race to the Top competition.More

The daily habits of organized kids
ADDitude Magazine
Systems and structure don't come naturally to your child with ADHD. And if you have ADD, too, you know that it takes a lot of work to keep track of all life's details. To ease the burden, here are helpful strategies for creating structure in your home so each day doesn't feel like a whole new scattered experience.More

The states that spend the most (and the least) on education
The Washington Post
U.S. states' education spending averaged $10,700 per pupil in 2013, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, but that average masked a wide variation, ranging from $6,555 per pupil in Utah to $19,818 in New York. There's an even larger range separating the lowest- and highest-spending of the nation's largest 100 school districts: At the low end is Jordan, Utah, at $5,708 per student; at the high end is Boston, Mass., at $20,502. Part of the variation is due to the huge differences in costs of living nationwide, which influence everything from teacher salaries to the cost of building and maintaining school facilities. Part is also due to economic realities — many states' education spending remains lower than it was before the recession.More

Try reading this font and you'll better understand what dyslexia is like
Fast Company
Good font design can't cure dyslexia. But it can raise awareness. In his last year as a student at the London School of Communications, designer Daniel Britton was diagnosed with dyslexia. When Britton told his classmates and teachers about his diagnosis though, they just stared at him. They thought he was stupid. They thought he was lazy. They thought he was just slow. So Britton decided to show them how it felt to be dyslexic. He designed a font, also called Dyslexia, which simulates the sense of frustration a dyslexic feels when he or she tries to read.More

Still more questions than answers about how to treat ADHD
The Washington Post
Health-care professionals, educators and patient advocates debate endlessly over attention deficit disorder. Some argue about the cause of the condition, which is associated with inattentiveness and, often, hyperactivity. Many disagree on treatment and parenting techniques. A dwindling group disputes whether it actually exists. More

Research: Quick teacher-parent communications can reduce dropouts
THE Journal
A large but underused influence on student academic success in schools turns out to be parental communication. A new study done by researchers at Harvard University and Brown University found that a single individualized message sent weekly from a teacher to a parent documenting the student's performance in school was enough to reduce student failure by 41 percent. Students whose families received messages that focused on what they needed to improve in class were almost nine percentage points more likely to earn course credit.More

Cyberbullying and face-to-face harassment a toxic combination for kids
Today News
Not all bullying is equal, according to a new study, with the old-fashioned, real-life variety more damaging than the cyber kind. A combination of both, however, could be the real danger to kids. Researchers from the University of New Hampshire analyzed interviews with 791 people (ages 10 to 20) who had taken part in a previous harassment survey. They looked at three types of bullying: face-to-face, technology only and a mix of the two.More

Debate persists around early reading standards
Education Week
Among the many debates around the Common Core State Standards is an ongoing one about kindergarten: Do the standards ask too much of 5- and 6-year-olds in reading? At the heart of the dispute is a literacy standard that says kindergartners should be able to "read emergent-reader texts with purpose and understanding." Experts agree it's a more advanced expectation than appeared in most previous state standards — but there's less consensus on whether it's a better expression of what kindergarten pupils should be doing or an overreach. And a series of papers in recent weeks and months is keeping the debate alive.More