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September 13, 2018
Look up disparities in how your school is serving students with special needs
The tool is an easy way for you to compare gaps among schools and the statewide average.
August 20, 2018
VIDEO: How a Detroit special education advocate tries to help parents
This special education advocate said parents have to be sure to document everything, and stay calm — no matter what.
August 15, 2018
Poll: Most residents want Michigan to change the way it funds schools
The majority of the state's voters say the way schools are funded needs to change.
July 30, 2018
For Michigan’s 3- and 4-year-olds with special needs, ‘it’s hard’ to find a place to learn
Why it's so hard to get toddlers with special needs in school.
July 16, 2018
Tell us your stories about children with special needs in Detroit
Chalkbeat Detroit is teaming up with the Detroit Parent Network to hear your special needs stories
June 12, 2018
Leadership, funding and security dominate discussion in first meeting on school bus loop plan
The mayoral-appointed education commission board held its first meeting Tuesday.
March 29, 2018
Experts question Detroit district chief’s wish to create new schools for kids with special needs
On the carpet inside a language arts class, three boys quietly play a word game with their teacher. In the same room, on…
May 20, 2015
At 86 percent, Tennessee’s on-time high school graduation rate outpaces the nation, report says
The state's on-time high school graduation rate is outpacing the rest of the nation and moving steadily toward 90 percent by 2020, a report says.
September 11, 2013
Principal, King frame tensions over school choice changes
A back-and-forth between State Education Commissioner John King and a Brooklyn high school principal today provided a window into the tensions at play when high-needs students are placed in city schools — at a moment when additional shifts in enrollment policies may be imminent. As King toured the High School for Public Service, principal Sean Rice outlined his worries about serving 35 special education students, up from "almost none" two years ago, in a school with about 440 students. Five or six have been added to his rolls in just the past week, he said. Commissioner John King spoke with principal Sean Rice, center, about special needs students at his school. "It is a major concern," Rice said. "It's going to be challenging for us this year, because we have a teaching staff that has not had extensive experience with students with disabilities." But Rice's situation is rare for how few special education students he has, since some high schools, like William E. Grady High, have more than 20 percent special education students. Figures like that have created a schism between the city and the state for years, as King has criticized the city's school choice policies for allowing some schools to become overloaded with needy students. "I think this is the balance, though, between our concern—which we've long expressed—of students being concentrated in isolated buildings, and attempts by the city, which I think is the right direction, to try and avoid those overconcentrations of students," King said to Rice during a discussion with Chancellor Merryl Tisch and other state education officials.
June 10, 2013
Charter school with a special ed focus to teach social skills to all
Students at Neighborhood Charter School of Harlem sit on the carpet during reading time. When the speech pathologist at Neighborhood Charter School of Harlem told her class they would be playing a game called "Pop-Up Pirate," one student was not happy. He began to whine loudly and another teacher in the room quickly interjected. "Lucas, can you help us fix this problem?" the teacher asked the student. "Because I'm thinking it's just a glitch." A glitch is the most minor degree of difficulty, according to a chart titled, "How Big is My Problem?" posted in all of the year-old school's classrooms. It aims to help students understand that some scenarios, such as not getting called on, are less worth getting upset over than other problems, like an earthquake. This technique of managing behavior is useful for all young children, but it is especially important at Neighborhood Charter, where many students have Autism Spectrum Disorder.
October 16, 2008
Lawyer, advocate: Special needs children are not political pawns
The Palins with son Trig. Following last night’s debate, where McCain promised to “care for these young children [with autism],” Charles Fox,…
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