Ark. district uses PBIS in discipline overhaul | Fla. district finds success with Calculus Project | Borough leaders criticize NYC gifted-education diversity efforts
June 23, 2017
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Ark. district uses PBIS in discipline overhaul
Ark. district uses PBIS in discipline overhaul
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Educators in an Arkansas school district have been working to implement positive behavior interventions and supports as a method for disciplining students. Along with training principals and teachers, the district is planning to hire three additional behavioral interventionists.
Pine Bluff Commercial (Ark.) (6/22) 
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Fla. district finds success with Calculus Project
Fla. district finds success with Calculus Project
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School officials in a Florida district launched the summer Calculus Project at two middle schools three years ago to help enroll more seventh-graders in algebra. Officials this year expanded the program because it is yielding positive outcomes.
Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (6/21) 
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Educational Leadership
Fellows program would target STEM, special education
North Carolina lawmakers are considering a new version of the N.C. Teaching Fellows Program that would provide up to $8,250 per year to each of 160 students who study to become educators in science, technology, engineering and math or special education. The measure also forgives a year of loans for every two years a teacher remains in the classroom, with those in "low performing" schools receiving loan forgiveness for one year on the job.
The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) (6/21) 
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Technology Trends
Report: Google leads in education marketplace
Google is outpacing its competitors in the education-technology market, according to a report from the game-based learning platform Kahoot. The company surveyed its users and found that 58% were using Chrome operating systems.
T.H.E. Journal (6/21) 
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Policy News
What could Senate health care bill mean for schools?
The US Senate has released a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act. The bill would result in cuts to Medicaid, a change that could affect funding for students with disabilities and students in poverty, said Sasha Pudelski, assistant director of policy and advocacy at AASA, the School Superintendents Association.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (6/22),  Education Week (tiered subscription model) (6/22) 
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Eye on Exceptionalities
Study examines autism symptoms in youths, adults with Tourette's syndrome
Researchers found that 22.8% of children and 8.7% of adults with Tourette's syndrome met the criteria for autism, compared with autism rates of 0.3% to 2.9% in the general population. The findings in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry suggest that some increase in autism diagnoses among those with Tourette's "may be due to autism-like symptoms, especially repetitive behaviors that are more strongly related to obsessive-compulsive disorder," said researcher Sabrina Darrow.
HealthDay News (6/22),  Xinhua News Agency (China) (6/22) 
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