Why the College Admissions Scandal Hurts Students with Disabilities in This Week’s AcceliBEAT

March 15, 2019

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day weekend! This week’s round up begins with news on how and why repercussions from the college admission scandal affects students with disabilities. In big ed policy news, the Trump administration is calling for a 10% reduction in federal funding for schools and is recommending flat funding for special education and English language learners. In other news, a special education teacher assesses why his colleagues leave the profession; a Tennessee charter school sees success in restorative programs that mitigate school suspensions; a company is seeking to approve the first FDA-approved game treatment for ADHD; and a math teacher explores real-world benefits Pi Day can offer besides having fun. All this and more in this week’s AcceliBEAT!

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Why the College Admissions Scandal Hurts Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities and disability rights advocates are among those angry — and feeling victimized — after the arrests in the college admissions and bribery scandal Tuesday.


Trump’s 2020 Budget Proposes School Funding Cuts, Stresses Choice for Students and Teachers

In its proposal for the next fiscal year, the administration moves to cut funding for the U.S. Education Department by 10%, as well as eliminate financial support for a slew of federal programs.

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What Really Causes Special Education Teachers to Burn Out?

In fact, many special education teachers cite a lack of support from colleagues and supervisors as a principal reason for leaving the profession.

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As Tennessee’s Turnaround District Tries to Reduce Suspensions, Here’s How One School Is Rethinking Discipline

The charter middle school has cut its suspension rate in half this school year — it’s now down to 11 percent.

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Can a Neuroscience Video Game Treat ADHD?

A company is seeking to produce the first FDA-approved game treatment for ADHD. If it succeeds, it will be the first alternative to stimulant medication approved for the disorder—they’re calling it “digital treatment.”

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Why Lunch, Exercise, Sleep, and Air Quality Matter at School

Yet evidence is mounting that attending to these basic aspects of students’ school experiences can significantly improve their academic focus, concentration, and mental well-being.

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A Teacher’s View: Pi Day Makes Math Engaging for Students — and Demonstrates Math’s Importance in the World Outside the Classroom

Yet past the fun associated with March 14, I’ve found that Pi Day is an opportunity to help students learn how to solve problems in the classroom and throughout the world around them.

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At SeaWorld’s Water Park, an Autism-Friendly Approach Takes Root

Past the colorful playground where children splash at Aquatica Orlando, a new quiet room tries to mute the laughter and the music from the loudspeaker when everything becomes too overwhelming.

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