Emotional Disturbance

Special Education FDA Bans Use of Shock Therapy at School for Students With Special Needs
The FDA estimates that between 45 and 50 students at a Massachusetts school for students with autism, emotional disturbances, and intellectual disabilities are subjected to electrical shocks through electrodes attached to their skin.
Corey Mitchell, March 5, 2020
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Special Education Most Classroom Teachers Feel Unprepared to Support Students With Disabilities
A survey from the National Center for Learning Disabilities and Understood.org finds a teaching corps that lacks confidence in their ability to meet the needs of millions of children with disabilities in the nation's public K-12 schools, but wants the training, support, and guidance to improve.
Corey Mitchell, May 29, 2019
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Special Education Parkland Shooting Report Sharpens Focus on Special Education and Due Process
In a contentious meeting in his junior year, then 18-year-old Nikolas Cruz revoked his consent for special education services after he was told that was the only way he could stay at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. But there were other options, said a report released by a firm hired by the Broward School district.
Christina A. Samuels, August 7, 2018
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School Climate & Safety From Our Research Center Students With Emotional Disabilities: Facts About This Vulnerable Population
Advocates worry students with special education needs such as “emotional disturbance” may be stigmatized in light of the intense spotlight on accused Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz’s mental health history.
Christina A. Samuels, March 19, 2018
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Special Education Philadelphia Approves Scaled-Back $10 Million Special Education Program
The program will be an option for 100 students with complex behavioral needs, with the goal of reducing private school placements.
Christina A. Samuels, July 6, 2017
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Special Education Report Roundup Special Education
A new What Works Clearinghouse intervention report finds a process called "functional behavioral assessment" could help students with emotional disturbances become more engaged in school.
Sarah D. Sparks, January 17, 2017
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Equity & Diversity Report: Justice Department to Sue Georgia Over Special Education School Network
The Justice Department will take action against Georgia after eight months of fruitless negotiations over a state network of schools for students with emotional and behavioral disabilities.
Christina A. Samuels, August 19, 2016
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Teaching School Resources for Supporting Child Mental Health
The New York-based Child Mind Institute highlights several evidence-based options for educators looking to support students with mental health needs.
Christina A. Samuels, July 7, 2016
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Special Education Special Education Aide Arrested After Striking Student
The 26-year-old aide was filmed pinning the student to the ground and also striking him in the face. She was charged with felony child abuse.
Christina A. Samuels, January 7, 2016
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Christopher Lineman mixes ingredients as he bakes a cake during a culinary class at a nearby vocational school. Educators at Centennial School in Bethlehem, Pa., the school Christopher regularly attends, say the 19-year-old has made great progress since arriving in 2007 as a rising 5th grader. He graduates in 2017.
Christopher Lineman mixes ingredients as he bakes a cake during a culinary class at a nearby vocational school. Educators at Centennial School in Bethlehem, Pa., the school Christopher regularly attends, say the 19-year-old has made great progress since arriving in 2007 as a rising 5th grader. He graduates in 2017.
Charles Mostoller for Education Week
Special Education After Eight Years at Lab School, Pa. Student Seeks Culinary Arts Career
At the school serving students with emotional disturbances or autism, Christopher Lineman is working on the skills he needs to succeed at a job and extend his education.
Christina A. Samuels, May 29, 2015
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College & Workforce Readiness Emotionally Disturbed Students at Greatest Risk of Dropping Out, Study Finds
Among different special education categories, emotionally disturbed students are at highest risk of dropping out, according to a study of 41,000 Utah students.
Sarah D. Sparks, November 26, 2014
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Law & Courts FDA Panel Recommends Banning Shock Devices Used at Residential School
The Judge Rotenberg Center in Massachusetts, a residential and day school for children and adults with emotional and behavioral disturbances, is the only entity in the country known to use the devices.
Christina A. Samuels, April 25, 2014
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Student Well-Being New Film Explores Students With Emotional, Behavioral Disabilities
Kelsey Carroll's a self-proclaimed "bitch" who says she's into safety pins, piercings, and tattoos. One of her teachers doesn't want her in class, but a new documentary shows she has what it takes to graduate—with some adult support.
Nirvi Shah, July 25, 2012
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Special Education School Using Shock Therapy Under Fire Yet Again
Former employee Greg Miller has created an online petition to push for an end to the practice, which has been challenged in court but remains legal.
Nirvi Shah, May 10, 2012
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