The recession is making public school gifted programs more attractive, the New York Times reports.


A judge in central Illinois has ruled that a 1st grader may continue using an autism helper dog in school, the Associated Press says. Judge Chris Freese, of Douglas County, Ill., ruled earlier this week that the dog should be considered a service animal, which means it's allowed in school under state law. The student's family argued the dog is akin to a seeing-eye dog for a person who is blind, and said it helped keep the boy calm and safe. For example, the dog helped prevent him from running out into cars in the parking lot, the AP story ...


A child with mild hearing loss can miss as much as half of what goes on in a classroom, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association says.


Lawyers for parents of students in special education to appeal the decision.


I wanted to alert our readers to another interesting blog they may also want to follow. This academic year, the Council for Exceptional Children, a professional association for special educators, is featuring blogs by four "newly minted" special educators, all in their first, second, or third year in the field, to discuss their experiences in the classroom....


Parents of students with disabilities have filed a lawsuit against the Sumner County, Tenn., board of education, and a special education teacher who is charged with child abuse, the Associated Press reports. Donna Weidenbenner, a teacher at Station Camp Elementary, was suspended without pay in April after allegations were made against her, the story said. She was arrested and charged with three counts of child abuse in August following an investigation by the Gallatin Police Department, the story said. The lawsuit accuses Weidenbenner of abuse, including improper restraint, and force-feeding the children to the point of vomiting. The lawsuit claims ...


The National Association of Secondary School Principals is calling for changes in the reauthorization scheduled for next year.


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.


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