This Week With ISCA
Jul. 7, 2015

Extracurricular sports help kids develop discipline in the classroom
Psych Central
A new Canadian study suggests regular, structured extramural sports help kids develop the discipline they need in order to engage effectively in the classroom. Researchers from the University of Montreal and its affiliated CHU Sainte-Justine children's hospital lead the study.More

Illinois House speaker: Chicago school pension payment will be made
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan said the Chicago Public Schools will make a full $634 million payment to its teachers pension fund by a midnight Tuesday deadline.More

Study: Kids with ADHD getting wrong drugs
NBC News
Too many kids with ADHD may be getting strong antipsychotic medications meant to treat diseases, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, a new study finds. And many are getting these drugs without any kind of diagnosis indicating they have a psychiatric disorder, the survey found. More

Some schools tend to skip mental health services
U.S. News & World Report
It's well established that black students have higher rates of suspension, expulsion and police arrests at U.S. public schools than other racial and ethnic groups. The office of civil rights inside the Department of Education monitors racial disparities in school discipline and found that black students were expelled and suspended at three times the rate of white students. Last year, Education Secretary Arne Duncan called for schools to administer discipline more fairly.More

Quest for quiet: Considering noise control as an accommodation
By Pamela Hill
When educators plan Individual Educational Programs for students with learning disabilities, they use several key considerations for possible instructional and test accommodations to help students improve their individualized learning. Educators choose accommodations from areas such as pacing and timing, environment, assignments, scheduling, test adaptations, etc. One area that is not often considered as a possible accommodation is noise control.More

New study sheds light on bystander intervention in cyberbullying
According to a new study published in the National Communication Association's Communication Monographs, researchers examined bystander intervention in cyberbullying and found promising results that explain why many witnesses or bystanders choose not to intervene in defense of a victim.More

Helping parents help their ADHD child
BU Today
About 11 percent of American children between age 4 and 17 are diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Even well-off parents of children with ADHD frequently face hurdles trying to obtain the best care. For disadvantaged families — a large population at Boston Medical Center — the hurdles might as well be mountains.More

Illinois Senate advances plan to increase school funding
The Associated Press via Chicago Sun-Times
An Illinois Senate committee has advanced legislation to increase funding for education this year to a level first proposed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.More

New arena for body cameras: Iowa schools
USA Today via WTSP-TV
As police departments across the country adopt the use of body cameras, an Iowa school district is following suit — outfitting its principals and assistant principals with small, clip-on video cameras.More

Farm to school win-win in Illinois
Public News Service
School cafeterias around Illinois are using more locally-sourced fruits and vegetables, while teaching children about the benefits of healthy eating. The Chicago Public Schools system is among a number of districts in the state incorporating food from school gardens and local farms into cafeteria menus, while the New Berlin School District provides educational programs for children and their families about healthy eating and local food. More

Does class size matter in education?
By Archita Datta Majumdar
Texas school districts were in the spotlight again as recent reports revealed thousands of elementary classes exceeding their set 22-pupil maximum size limit. The number of classrooms that exceeded this limit in 2014 was up to 5,883, meaning 130,000 K-4 students were crammed in together. The fast-growing school districts in the state have sought more funding so they can hire more teachers and deal with the influx of students. But Texas is not the only state facing such a dilemma.More