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In Flint, Schools Overwhelmed by Special Ed. Needs in Aftermath of Lead Crisis

The children exposed to high levels of lead-laced drinking water from Michigan's Flint River are entering schools now and the school system is straining to meet their special education needs. (August 26, 2019)

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Calls to fully fund the nation's main special education law resound on the campaign trail, but a complex array of factors make that an elusive goal.
January 15, 2020 – Education Week
The bottom line, the new findings suggest, is that children whose lives could be improved by getting needed services may be falling through the cracks.
January 10, 2020 – McClatchy-Tribune
In the year that the Tribune and ProPublica Illinois have reported on Illinois schools' use of seclusion and restraint, reporters have worked hard to become experts on the topic.
January 3, 2020 – McClatchy-Tribune
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
Letter to the Editor
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

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