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  • Facebook Twitter Email Philly’s $40,000 cab ride, and what it says about modern, urban education

    09/26/2018 4:51:07 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 13 replies
    WHHY (PBS Philadelphia) ^ | 09/24/2018 | Avi Wolfman-Arent
    ---SNIP--- the cost of merely getting Kareem Bellamy to and from school every day runs the taxpayer about $58,450 annually — more than a year of undergraduate tuition at Columbia University, the most expensive college in America. The district’s cost for the average bus rider is about $4,500 a year. Something that comes with a Cadillac price, one would assume, comes with Cadillac service. But when WHYY asked parents, advocates, and lawyers about taxicab transportation for students, we heard more grumbling than gratitude.
  • State audit finds Davenport schools overidentify students of color for special ed programs

    05/01/2018 6:46:05 AM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 17 replies
    WQAD IOWA ^ | April 30, 2018 | WQAD
    DAVENPORT, Iowa — An Iowa state audit of Davenport’s special education program has found the district in “systemic non-compliance” with several parts of the federal law that governs the education of students with disabilities. The Iowa Department of Education told the district to work with a national expert to deal with a disproportionate number of students of color identified for special education services, as well as a disproportionate number of minority special education students subjected to disciplinary actions.
  • No Racial Quotas in Special Education

    02/14/2018 5:44:18 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 9 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 13, 2018 | Jason L. Riley
    The Trump administration spent much of its first year blocking or delaying its predecessor’s regulations. Thankfully, that work continues apace in year two. Any day now, look for the Education Department to halt implementation of an Obama -era rule on racial disparities in special education that was set to take full effect in July. Black students are more likely than white students to be placed in special-education classes, and the Obama administration attributed the disparity (along with nearly every black-white gap) to racial bias. Thus in late 2016, weeks before leaving office, Obama officials issued a rule that threatened school...
  • East Troy special ed director to do job remotely

    05/28/2013 4:13:14 PM PDT · by Wisconsinlady · 6 replies
    MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL ^ | 05/26/13 | Gitte Laatsby
    The School Board was open to some "outside the box" thinking, so Hibner and Peerenboom spent the following weeks evaluating what activities and duties could and couldn't be done from afar. They determined that with the help of videoconferencing and Skyping, the majority of Peerenboom's duties could be performed remotely. They presented a plan to the board that they say benefits the district as well as Peerenboom. The board unanimously approved a one-year change in Peerenboom's contract April 8.
  • Special Education for Autistic Children

    There is a rising number of children with autism. Since autism needs special treatments, there is a huge demand of special education for children with autism. One of the latest methods used in special education for autism children is using service dogs to assist them to become independence. We all know that children and dogs are perfect combination. It is by nature that children tend to love dogs and dogs are willing to take children as their own pack. Service dogs are trained dogs for special purposes and the used of therapy dogs to assist children with reading and speaking...
  • Disability, Inc.

    06/28/2009 3:47:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies · 762+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | June 28, 2009 | Debra J. Saunders
    This is not a joke. Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 6-3 decision that required an Oregon public school district to pay a $5,200 monthly tuition (plus fees) for a private boarding school for a high-school senior whose psychologist had diagnosed him with ADHD, depression, math disorder and cannabis abuse. Also not a joke: The Obama administration had urged the big bench to so rule. Thus the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which mandates that all "children with disabilities" have the right to a "free appropriate public education," is turning into a cash cow for disability lawyers and...
  • Supreme Court to Address Meeting the Needs of Special-Education Students

    06/01/2009 5:11:56 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 16 replies · 468+ views
    New York Times ^ | May 30, 2009 | Tamar Lewin
    In a case with potential financial repercussions for school districts and families alike, the United States Supreme Court will soon decide when public schools must reimburse parents of special-education students for private-school tuition. The case before the court involves a struggling Oregon high school student, identified in court documents only as T.A., whose parents enrolled him in a $5,200-a-month residential school after he became a heavy marijuana user and ran away from home. Although his guidance counselor had noticed his difficulties and arranged an evaluation, the boy, who had angry outbursts and a history of behavioral problems, was found ineligible...
  • Scrutiny for special ed: Its necessity can’t mean blank check (MA)

    05/18/2009 11:55:03 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 12 replies · 1,956+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | May 18, 2009 | Jack Sullivan
    More than one in six Massachusetts students are in special education, one of the highest percentages in the country and a level on par with the numbers the state had at its peak before reforms were put in place in 2000. But while there was a pitched battle about a decade ago when lawmakers moved to rein in costs and enact standards on special education that are more in line with those of the rest of country, nary a word is heard these days about examining the $2 billion special education price tag. There is scant evidence the $2 billion...
  • Tug of War Over Costs (up to $85K/year) to Educate the Autistic

    04/20/2009 5:14:13 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 17 replies · 551+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 18, 2009 | Amanda M. Fairbanks
    The eight children, ages 5 to 11, who attend the Brooklyn Autism Center Academy need intensive individual instruction to cope with a neurological disorder that can make achieving academic progress slow and grueling. During the course of the day, one teacher is paired with each child. After successfully completing a task, students are rewarded with a spoonful of vanilla pudding, time on a piano or a few minutes in a bouncy castle. The system repeats itself, interspersing work with small breaks. “Every child with autism can learn,” said Jaime Nicklas, 32, the school’s educational director. “If they are not learning,...
  • Portsmouth elects evil leftist to City Council

    12/05/2008 4:35:12 PM PST · by mainestategop · 9 replies · 637+ views
    Mainestategop ^ | Mainestategop
    Meet Esther Kennedy. Esther Kennedy was born and raised in Rural New York and moved to the Dover Portsmouth area to work in public schools. She is currently the owner of a Marina called Esther's Marina on 41 Pickering AVE in Portsmouth. She has worked in the special education department in The school systems of Dover and Guilford. She has also worked in Marine affairs and several state wide task force. Yes! We should believe a typical city politician in a large growing New England city. There is however a dark side. Esther Kennedy was an employee of the...
  • Parents Defend School’s Use of Shock Therapy

    12/25/2007 9:53:07 PM PST · by neverdem · 22 replies · 183+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 25, 2007 | LESLIE KAUFMAN
    Nearly a year ago, New York made plans to ban the use of electric shocks as a punishment for bad behavior, a therapy used at a Massachusetts school where New York State had long sent some of its most challenging special education students. But state officials trying to limit New York’s association with the school, the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center in Canton, southwest of Boston, and its “aversive therapy” practices have found a large obstacle in their paths: parents of students who are given shocks. “I understand people who don’t know about it think it is cruel,” said Susan Handon...
  • School To Continue Electric Shock

    12/23/2007 8:28:43 PM PST · by dayglored · 62 replies · 276+ views
    WCVB/TV Boston ^ | 12/23/2007 | (no author given)
    School To Continue Electric Shock Officials Give School One Year Extension BOSTON -- State officials are allowing a controversial special education school to use electric shock treatments on students for another year... The decision comes after an August incident in which two emotionally disturbed students were wrongly given dozens of shocks after a prank call from a person posing as a supervisor... ...six staffers at a Stoughton residence run by the Canton-based school had reason to doubt the orders to administer the shocks, but did nothing to stop it... ...the teens, ages 16 and 19, were awakened in the middle...
  • Two Million Minds are a Terrible Thing to Waste

    12/10/2007 9:55:04 AM PST · by GoldwaterInstitute · 80+ views
    The Goldwater Institute ^ | December 10, 2007 | Dr. Matthew Ladner
    I recently testified on minority overrepresentation in special education before the United States Civil Rights Commission. Education Week reported that the hearing “expanded into a three-hour discussion that touched on parental choice, school officials’ judgment calls on special education placements, and effective early-childhood education.” It’s not often that the Goldwater Institute, the NAACP, and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund are all in agreement. All panelists broadly agreed that the mild mental retardation, emotionally disturbed and specific learning disability labels can and have been badly abused. The Commissioners asked a number of perceptive questions including, how are the...
  • SV Middle School’s Christmas tree is redeemed

    12/04/2007 5:17:33 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 141+ views
    SIERRA VISTA — Ron and Joanne Wagner were guests of honor during a special celebration at Sierra Vista Middle School on Monday. The Wagners, who had purchased a Christmas tree that had been donated to the Festival of Trees by the middle school, gave the tree back to the school for students and staff to enjoy. This marked the fourth year the Wagners purchased a tree at the Festival and returned it to the school that donated it. All the ornaments on the tree were hand made by special education students. Now on display in the school library, the tree...
  • Young Girl Facing Charges After Wetting Pants

    01/04/2007 11:22:24 AM PST · by battlegearboat · 35 replies · 1,383+ views
    Young Girl Facing Charges After Wetting Pants
  • How the Schools Shortchange Boys - In the newly feminized classroom, boys tune out.

    08/03/2006 11:38:51 AM PDT · by neverdem · 284 replies · 4,956+ views
    City Journal ^ | Summer 2006 | Gerry Garibaldi
    Since I started teaching several years ago, after 25 years in the movie business, I’ve come to learn firsthand that everything I’d heard about the feminization of our schools is real—and far more pernicious to boys than I had imagined. Christina Hoff Sommers was absolutely accurate in describing, in her 2000 bestseller, The War Against Boys, how feminist complaints that girls were “losing their voice” in a male-oriented classroom have prompted the educational establishment to turn the schools upside down to make them more girl-friendly, to the detriment of males. As a result, boys have become increasingly disengaged. Only 65...
  • School district ordered to pay private-school fees for autistic boy

    10/14/2005 10:26:00 AM PDT · by kemathen7 · 362 replies · 3,861+ views
    9News ^ | 10/14/2005 | Carrie Mc Clure
    BERTHOUD - The Thompson School Board will be spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on one of its ex-students -- an 11-year-old autistic boy. Luke Perkins went to Berthoud Elementary School, but his parents felt he wasn't receiving the proper education for his needs. "He wasn't learning even the basic things he was going to need in life," says his father, Jeff Perkins. The Perkins decided to enroll their son in the Boston Higashi School in January 2004. The school specializes in teaching children with special needs. The tuition is over $130,000 a year, and its students live at the...
  • CA: Schwarzenegger vetoes bills to alter high school exit exam (re: special education students)

    10/07/2005 4:56:18 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 488+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 10/7/05 | Jennifer Coleman - ap
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill Friday that would have given special education students a reprieve from the state's high-stakes exit exam. The bill would have implemented a legal settlement between the California Department of Education and the Oakland-based Disability Rights Advocates, which filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of special education students. The bill sent to the governor by the Legislature differed from the settlement, however, and drew objections from the state's school superintendent. Schwarzenegger also vetoed a bill that would have eased the exit exam rules by allowing high school students to graduate without passing...
  • One Night Changes a Life, and Calif. Town

    06/12/2005 6:16:22 AM PDT · by kingattax · 8 replies · 330+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 6-10-2005 | TIM DAHLBERG
    CLOVIS, Calif. - The chant began late in the fourth quarter in the basketball gym at Clovis East High. The students started it first, clapping their hands in unison and pounding the bleachers with their feet. It didn't take long for the parents to pick it up, too. The noise grew until the whole gym seemed to shake. "We want Ryno. We want Ryno." Pacing the sideline, coach Tim Amundsen felt himself getting goose bumps. Less than 4 minutes remained in the game, and Clovis East was winning comfortably over rival Buchanan High. Now Amundsen had a decision to make....
  • Autistic Teenager Is Beaten by Deputies After Being Mistaken for a Prowler

    03/22/2005 11:01:40 AM PST · by Indy Pendance · 475 replies · 4,740+ views
    AP ^ | 3-22-05
    MOUNTAIN GATE, Calif. (AP) - An autistic teenager suffered a head injury and a broken elbow in a beating by three sheriff's deputies who mistook him for a prowler, authorities say. Pierre Cowell, a 17-year-old who does not speak, had wandered from his home early Friday. A neighbor, who did not recognize him, called 911 after seeing him outside her home about 2 a.m., Capt. Tom Bosenko said Monday. The woman became alarmed when she heard the doorknob jiggling, he said. As three deputies approached the house, Cowell ran toward them and bumped one of them, Bosenko said. When Cowell...