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Hawaii may have to lay off "thousands" of education department employees, if a cost-saving plan for furlough days is blocked by a federal judge, school officials said in an article in the Honolulu Advertiser. Today is the second of 17 "furlough Fridays" when schools will close in the state. A judge on Oct. 22 refused a legal request for a last-minute halt before the first furlough day. A hearing is scheduled for Nov 5. on two lawsuits filed primarily on behalf of special education students, the story said....

A new study finds that 2- to 5-year-old children diagnosed with autism and autism-spectrum disorders had blood-mercury levels similar to those of typically developing children. The study, published Oct. 19 in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives shows mercury levels were mostly affected by the amount of fish children consumed. Those with autism and autism-spectrum disorders were less likely to consume fish, the study says. When adjusted for fish eating, the levels were about the same for both groups of children, it says. The analysis was conducted through Childhood Autism Risks from Genetics and the Environment, an ongoing study to identify ...

The deal is designed to end the disparities in services across districts in Ohio.

Hawaii's plan to reduce costs by closing public schools for 17 "furlough" Fridays this year may prompt a federal class action on behalf of special education students, reports the Honolulu Advertiser. "While we are not anxious to file a lawsuit," Eric Seitz, a Honolulu lawyer, told the paper, he will go to federal court this week seeking an injunction to halt the furloughs unless the Department of Education stops the plan. The article said that parents, worried about less classroom instruction and child-care issues, have protested the furlough plan. In September, members of the Hawaii State Teachers Association ratified a ...

Teachers College, Columbia University has received a $9.75 million, five-year federal grant to prepare teachers.

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The U.S. Senate Monday confirmed Alexa Posny, the former Kansas education commissioner, for the role of assistant secretary for special education and rehabilitative services. President Obama nominated Posny to the key federal post back in July. The job will mark a return to Washington for Posny. She served as director of the Education Department's office of special education in 2006-07. She has been the Kansas commissioner of education since June 2007. Updated:The confirmation was good news for special education advocates. "She understands special education research, policy and practice and she will be a proactive informed leader to the ...

About one in every 100 U.S. children has a condition on the autism spectrum, which is a higher rate than previous government estimates, according to an Oct. 5 article in the journal Pediatrics. Increased awareness about autism and better diagnostic methods may help explain this increase, the article says. A previous, 2007 estimate put the rate at one in 150 children. The new numbers stem from the 2007 National Survey of Children's Health, which was based on a telephone survey examining 78,037 children ages 3 to 17. Parents reported autism spectrum disorders in about 110 per 10,000 ...

A new study of prekindergartners found that gathering information on children's skills and providing targeted interventions to those who need supports to learn, is a successful strategy that teachers could accurately implement. The study is the first to look at a new approach to teaching pre-K students, called "Recognition & Response," which is based on Response to Intervention methods, said researchers at the FPG Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The researchers found that a target group of students who received language and literacy interventions made greater gains than their classmates at skills including: letter ...

The financially strained district may be forced to hire possibly hundreds of special education teachers in order to comply with a union contract,

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