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Billionaire Bill Gates Announces a $1.7 Billion Investment in U.S. Schools
By: Moriah Balingit Source: The Washington Post Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates announced Thursday that his foundation will invest more than $1.7 billion in public education, money that will go to support schools interested in developing and testing new approaches to teaching. “Every student should get...
How Chicago Created ‘Community College’ for Special Ed Students
By: Derek Robertson Source: Politico On an overcast afternoon in May, the gymnasium of an oppressively beige school building on Chicago’s South Side was teeming with giddy students. Southside Occupational Academy was about a month out from the end of the school year and its...
Minnesota Mom and Autistic, Nonverbal Son Win Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Say Mama’ Contest
By: Tom Horgen and Aimee Blanchette Source: Star Tribune When Jimmy Fallon and the “Today” show put out a call for cute videos of kids saying “mama,” they probably didn’t expect this one from Minnesota mom Kate Swenson. Still, her video turned out to be...
Target, Tommy Hilfiger Expand Adaptive Clothing Lines
By: Shaun Heasley Source: Disability Scoop Two major retailers are significantly expanding their offerings designed to accommodate the unique needs of people with disabilities and there’s something for individuals of all ages. Both Target and Tommy Hilfiger said this week that they are bringing new...
Districts Tap Paraprofessionals to Meet Demand for Special Ed Teachers
By: Linda Jacobson Source: Education Dive Shawn Bush was earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology and planning to become a school counselor when an email caught his attention. As a paraprofessional at Leo Politi Elementary School in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), he...
5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Child’s IEP Meeting
By: Jody Allard Source: The Washington Post When Lacey met her daughter’s new teacher, she came prepared — with cake. Lacey’s daughter has a variety of challenges that impact her classroom behavior and require additional support from teachers and school staff. Lacey, whose last name...
Students Create Custom Pencil Grip For Girl With Special Needs
By: Debbie Kelley Source: Disability Scoop By the end of the school day, 9-year-old Natalie Quintana is worn out from writing. Arthrogryposis, a congenital condition that contracts joints and weakens muscles, makes it hard to make a pencil dance across paper. But a custom-designed gripping...
Teachers’ Pay Lags Furthest Behind Other Professionals in U.S., Study Finds
By: Sarah Sparks Source: Education Week Young college graduates have a lot less incentive to become K-12 teachers in the United States than in other countries, according to the latest data from the Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation. While American educators out-earn teachers in...
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