About 300,000 children in the United States have been diagnosed with autism, according to recent surveys by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And many of those children never learn to speak. But some believe that facilitated communication, a controversial technique in which people with limited or no speech communicate by typing on a keyboard while receiving physical and emotional support from a facilitator, may be one solution. Claudia Wallis describes her experience with facilitated communication in this article from Time Magazine....


A year after riots broke out between black and Latino students at Thomas Jefferson High School, the Los Angeles Unified School District has its sights set on improving the quality of education at the troubled school. This National Public Radio report looks at the district's plans to turn the crowded South Central campus into small learning communities....


This article from Newsweek is the introduction to its annual 1000 Best High Schools feature. The magazine describes the list as recognizing "schools that do the best job of preparing average students for college." Did your school make the list? Is this list a fair indication of high school success? Have your say....


Is higher education just an expensive waste of time? Advanced Placement courses, extracurricular activities, all night study sessions—are all the blood, sweat, and tears spent on getting into the right college really worth it? As high schoolers and college admissions offices around the country are abuzz with life-altering decisions, this article from Forbes.com wonders what all the fuss is about....


A bipartisan effort in the form of a federal bill introduced this month seeks to do away with fried and sugary foods in school cafeterias and vending machines and replace them with healthy fare. Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a co-sponsor of the Child Nutrition Promotion and School Lunch Protection Act, talks to Newsweek about the impact the bill would have on schools, vendors, and students, if the legislation were to pass....


From director Davis Guggenheim, the 35 minute documentary TEACH chronicles the first year experiences of public school teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Pull up a chair and see how four newbies handle the pressure and stress of their first year in the classroom, all the while retaining the idealism and passion that led them to the profession. Further information on the teachers involved in the film is also available from PBS....


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