Physical activity in school improves academic performance for students with ADHD

by Michigan State University – A new study shows that offering daily before-school, aerobic activities to younger at-risk children could help reduce the symptoms of ADHD in the classroom and at home. Signs can include inattentiveness, moodiness, and difficulty getting along with others. “Early studies suggest that physical activity can have a positive effect on […]

Proposed legislation may help parents with special ed due process costs

U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa

by Michelle Diament – A federal lawmaker says he wants to level the playing field for parents involved in special education disputes with their child’s school district. U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, is proposing new legislation that would ensure parents who successfully challenge a school district under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act can recoup […]

Reports of special ed violations cited as cause for contract termination

by Monica Scott – A former Grand Rapids Child Discovery Center employee is seeking whistleblower protection over allegations the charter and its authorizer, Grand Rapids Public Schools, retaliated against her for reporting special education and contractual violations. Patty Joynt filed a lawsuit Thursday, Sept. 11, against the Child Discovery Center and the district claiming her […]

District creates special ed task force to improve student achievement

by Valarie Honeycut Spears – A new Fayette County Public Schools special education task force will try to “cast a vision for a world-class” program, chief academic officer Lu Young announced Monday. Young said the decision to create a task force arose from a recommendation by school board member Doug Barnett in May, during talks […]

More and more parents see value in tutoring services

by Brian Albrecht – Name of Business: Home Tutoring Solutions Type of business: Educational Services Years in business: nine years Tell us what your business does: Home Tutoring Solutions provides academic tutoring for all ages and subjects in the Northeast Ohio area. Our team of certified teachers are able to help students in grades K-12. […]

Superintendent is former special education student

by Lisa Schencker – As a boy, Kodey Hughes didn’t think much about his future because it didn’t seem very promising. He grew up the son of a single father in tiny Mammoth in western Utah. He had a learning disability that made reading difficult. Hughes didn’t read his first full book until seventh grade. “I wasn’t […]

New Common Core test modifications for students with disabilities must be used

by Matthew Bowler – Next spring, kindergarten through 12th-grade students across California will be tested to see if they meet new Common Core standards, and many districts will also continue testing for their own local standards. Last spring, Chula Vista Elementary School District gave two big tests to its students, and they might have violated […]

Easing back to school for kids with ADHD

by Elaine Taylor-Klaus – What does it REALLY take for a complex child to find success in school and in life? And how can you, as a parent, really make it better for your child, and for the whole family? How can you make this year different? After all, there are so many strategies you […]

Teachers prepare for district-wide iPad adoption

by Antony Lonetree – The St. Paul School District will roll out an iPad initiative this fall that is the largest ever for a state school system — and as the label on the back of each device makes clear, many people have a stake in it. “Provided by taxpayers of St. Paul for students […]

New special ed school will reduce out-of district enrollment

by Sarah Hofius Hall – A new school in Scranton will give special education students opportunities the district could not previously provide. The Scranton School District opened its new school, Monticello, to the public on Tuesday. “I can see this really changing children’s lives,” said school Director Carol Oleski, the chairwoman of the board’s special […]