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The Haunting Reality of Discrimination in School Discipline

Discrimination based on race and disability demands our attention—and action, writes Catherine E. Lhamon, the chair of U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. (July 29, 2019)

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Students of color, low-income students, and English-language learners are underrepresented in gifted classes, according to an Education Week survey of gifted educators.
November 27, 2019 – Education Week
Students who both have disabilities and are gifted are often overlooked when it comes to screening for gifted education. A California district found that it could buck the trend by casting a wider net for gifted students.
November 27, 2019 – Education Week
Some districts are using new “response lessons” to identify the talented students that traditional assessments miss.
November 27, 2019 – Education Week
Skyrocketing special education costs and debt are squeezing Flint Community Schools to the point its superintendent wants to close four of its 12 school buildings.
November 20, 2019 – McClatchy-Tribune
Two administrators and a teacher who worked at a now-shuttered El Dorado Hills school are facing criminal charges in the death of a 13-year-old autistic student at the school last year, prosecutors said Tuesday.
November 13, 2019 – McClatchy-Tribune
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A Lesson on Special Needs
November 13, 2019 – Education Week
We’re leaving out a large swath of students whose giftedness doesn't line up with traditional lesson-learning, writes Joseph S. Renzulli.
November 13, 2019 – Education Week
Eliminating gifted programs all together is the wrong solution to fixing racial and economic imbalances, argues James R. Delisle.
November 6, 2019 – Education Week
A new program uses VR simulations to help students with autism spectrum disorder practice what to do when they encounter law enforcement. But some say it’s the police who need the training.
October 23, 2019 – Education Week
We should have one nimble education system that serves all students, writes Colorado educator Steve Sandoval.
September 18, 2019 – Education Week

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