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Navigating The Maze Of School Choice Options

BY WILLIAM BLACKWELL, ED.D. This article explores several key issues that parents of children with disabilities should consider and questions to ask when thinking about charter schools or voucher programs. Parents of children with disabilities have an endless series of decisions to make regarding their child’s education. These decisions include selecting a public school system that will be supportive of their child’s needs, identifying the appropriate services and supports that the school will provide, and […]

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Calls For End To Corporal Punishment By Secretary of Education

November 22, 2016 Dear Governors and Chief State School Officers: As Governors and Chief State School Officers, you know that public schools are crucial places for nurturing the unique gifts of all children and developing the knowledge and skills they need to grow and thrive in our democracy, and I appreciate the work you are doing — from early learning to postsecondary education — to support our schools in this mission. To fulfill this mission […]

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The Science Of Improved Language Comprehension

Brain Connectivity And Autism Spectrum Disorder WRITTEN ON BEHALF OF LINDAMOOD-BELL Autism spectrum disorder, according to the Mayo Clinic, “is a serious neuro-developmental disorder that impairs a child’s ability to communicate and interact with others. It also includes restricted repetitive behaviors, interests, and activities. These issues cause significant impairment in social, occupational and other areas of functioning.” As many as 42% of children with ASD are reported to have impairment in both verbal expression and […]

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Considerations For A Bilingual Approach In The Education Of The Deaf Child

BY J. FREEMAN KING, ED.D. American Sign Language and spoken English should not be considered as mutually exclusive alternatives, but as potentially complementary strategies for encouraging language development in deaf children. It is phenomenal the way that young deaf children can acquire two languages (American Sign Language and English) simultaneously, if exposed to them in early life. However, there is the assumption, and resultantly the folk myth, that exposing a young deaf child to two […]