The special-education department at Texas' Domingo Trevino Middle School used grant funding to start a barista program for students with special needs. The students learn work and communication skills while manning a coffee cart at the school and serving drinks to staff, ideally increasing their chances of being able to live independently when they become adults, teachers and parents say.
Policy Analysis for California Education has released a package of research reports calling on the state to make major changes to how schools handle special education. The reports included several recommendations, such as better -- and earlier -- screening and improved training for all teachers.
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A pilot program funded by The Wallace Foundation that directed millions of dollars to a "principal pipeline" to strengthen school leaders has led to gains in math and reading scores in six large, urban school districts. Plans now are underway to expand the program to 90 school systems in 31 states.
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Concerns about the continued spread of the novel coronavirus have some considering whether online learning could be a solution if schools in the US are forced to close. Karen Ghidotti, senior vice president of customer experience at online learning provider K12 Inc., says the company has supported a surge in e-learning during disasters in the past.
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More than four years since it passed, the Every Student Succeeds Act may not have led to gains for English-language learners, according to a report from the Migration Policy Institute. The report states that "more often than not, long-term goals were purely symbolic because they rarely played a meaningful role in accountability systems."
The rate of youths with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder who had a primary care visit dropped from 63% during preadolescence to 41% in late adolescence, researchers reported in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics. The findings also showed that nearly 90% of teens with ADHD received monitoring for substance abuse, depression and suicide during primary care visits between preadolescence and late adolescence but only about 50% received monitoring for risky sexual activity and almost none had documented driver readiness or medication diversion discussions.