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Milford Students With Disabilities Grow Lettuce Indoors for High School Salad Bar

January 22, 2020

By: Alison Bosma, Daily News Staff
Source: MILFORD – Each time the bright green sprouts of newly planted lettuce push through the dirt-and-compost mixture in the high school’s indoor salad bar garden, the students tending them are thrilled anew. “Every time they start with a seed, they get super-excited when it first grows,” special education […]

More States Expanding Students’ Access to Free School Meals

January 22, 2020

By: Linda Jacobson
Source:  Education Dive A Vermont bill that would make school meals free for all students is just one example of how anti-hunger advocates are pushing in the direction of universal school meals. Concerns over lunch shaming, unpaid meal debt and proposals from the Trump administration to tighten eligibility for nutrition programs are being met […]

Supreme Court to Hear Case Educators Worry Could ‘Destabilize Public Schools’

January 21, 2020

By: Naaz Modan
Source:  Education Dive The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear a crucial case on the First Amendment this week that could, depending on its outcome, have significant fallout for public schools. “It will be a virtual earthquake,” Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, an organization that is a key […]

NJ Students With Autism Are Cracking Codes of Computer Literacy

January 20, 2020

By: Patrick Lavery
Source:  NJ 101.5 FM MONTCLAIR — Ten New Jersey students with autism are the recipients of scholarships designed to further their skills and education in the fundamentals of computer coding and web and game design. The NXT GEN Coders Program is made possible through a grant from Autism Speaks and GameStop. The students are […]

FDA Misses Deadline to Ban Devices Used to Shock Those With Special Needs

January 20, 2020

By: Michelle Diament
Source:  Disability Scoop The Food and Drug Administration missed its own deadline to finalize a ban on devices used to administer electric shocks on people with developmental disabilities. The agency said in late 2018 that it intended to finalize a 2016 proposal to disallow so-called electrical stimulation devices. At the time, the FDA said regulations would be […]

School-Based Telehealth Makes Health a Priority for Teachers, Providers

January 17, 2020

By: Eric Wicklund
Source:  mHealth Intelligence It’s time to add another subject to the school curriculum: telehealth. In schools across the country, the nurse’s office is being turned into a telehealth station, offering on-demand access to care providers for that nagging cough, sniffle or infection that would otherwise necessitate a phone call and an inconvenient trip […]

North Charleston’s Inclusive Kickball League Finds Joy in Friendly Competition

January 16, 2020

By: Katie Turner
Source:  WCBD Count On News 2 NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD)- Friends of all ages and abilities meet once a month at the Charleston Convention Center for a kickball tournament. While the sport itself can teach lifelong skills; friendship is at the forefront. The idea was sparked when the North Charleston Recreation Department realized […]

Marching Band Sets the Right Tempo for Many Special-Needs Kids

January 13, 2020

By: Laura McKenna
Source:  The Hechinger Report With plumed caps and braided epaulets for miles, marching bands are a staple of the high school football game. Students stride purposefully around the field with piccolos and tubas, and synchronize their steps to Billy Joel medleys, homages to Mary Poppins and even a snappy march or two from […]

Amid Shortages, Schools Settle for Underprepared Special Education Teachers

January 10, 2020

By: Diana Lambert
Source:  EdSource Due to statewide teacher shortages, many of California’s approximately 800,000 special education students are being taught by teachers who haven’t completed teacher preparation programs or have received only partial training. There were more special education teachers with substandard credentials than in any other subject area in 2017-18, the most recent year for […]