School Districts Step Up to Help Students and Families in This Week’s AcceliBEAT
January 25, 2019
Happy Friday! Our featured story this week highlights how school districts across the country are responding to help students and their families impacted by the persisting government shutdown. In other news, the Los Angeles teacher strike has raised a number of issues, including awareness for more counselors. Currently, California ranks 47th when it comes to counselor access with an average of one counselor for every 682 students. Finally, families of children with disabilities are filing a lawsuit against the state of Oregon and its education department for unnecessarily shortening school days for students with disabilities who experience behavioral challenges; a new report finds that children with autism are twice as likely to have their health needs unmet; and one alligator is surprisingly effective as emotional support for children with developmental issues. All this and more in this week’s AcceliBEAT!
Across the country districts are offering jobs to idled federal employees, raising money to help struggling families, and expanding school meal programs so students with furloughed parents can have free breakfast and lunch at school.
The walkout succeeded in putting a spotlight on the dire shortage of counselors, who are key to helping students navigate school and plan for life after graduation.
Often unable to control his behavior due to his disability, school officials in his rural Oregon district placed him on a shortened school day. Some days, he’d stay in school for a few hours.
Children with autism are twice as likely as those with other disabilities to have unmet health care needs, according to a new report.
Disisto wears a backpack equipped with a battery and wires that are attached to his body to deliver a two-second shock if he misbehaves.
Research has long shown that changing schools, in general, is not good for a student’s academic career.
A few months after getting Wally, Henney began taking him to schools and senior homes for educational purposes, but he quickly noticed children with developmental issues especially enjoyed Wally’s presence.
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