By Megan Valley, Quad City Times DES MOINES — Iowa is one of only a handful of states that allow for the use of seclusion in school when no one’s physical safety is threatened. The state Board of Education has proposed rules that would change that, and on Tuesday held a public hearing on those changes. The changes to Chapter 103 of the Iowa Administrative Code aim to reduce the use of seclusion and restraint in schools except in an emergency situation, increase parent involvement, and provide clear guidelines and definitions for schools. The public input period began in January and came to a close with the public hearing Tuesday. A 2016 Gazette investigation of seclusion incidents in the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids school districts showed these rooms usually were used as intended — to keep agitated students from harming themselves or others. But The Gazette found reported incidents in which kids were put into the rooms for nonviolent acts, such as refusing to trace … [Read more...] about Public comment: Changes to Iowa school restraint laws would be ‘overly burdensome on educators’
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Siobhan McAndrew Reno Gazette Journal Published 8:00 AM EST Feb 27, 2019 Third-grader Evan Lewis has had six digital days this school year. Digital days, touted by Washoe County School District as a solution to snow days, require students to do classwork at home. Unlike snow days that have to be made up at the end of the year, digital days count as a full day of school. The Nevada Department of Education has said the plan violates state law, but it also might violate federal law, according to experts. Evan, who has Down syndrome, loves school. He has a full-time aide at Incline Elementary School and receives daily special education services plus speech and occupational therapy at school a few times a week. But when there's a digital day, Evan receives the same assignments as everyone else. They are not targeted to his Individual Education Program, a legally binding document that describes services provided to a … [Read more...] about Special education attorney: WCSD’s digital days violate federal laws
Starting in a little over a week, the Special Olympics USA games arrive in Seattle. We will be celebrating the accomplishments of more than 4,000 people with intellectual disabilities as they demonstrate their skills in gymnastics, swimming, track and field, and a variety of other events. Although these athletes will be in the limelight July 1-6, many will return home to lives of segregation, exclusion and lack of opportunity. That can change, and we as educators, employers and citizens can be the agents of that change. Inclusive education — providing children with disabilities the opportunities to learn alongside their typically developing peers — is the first step. At the Haring Center at the University of Washington, we run an inclusive early childhood learning center for children of all abilities and backgrounds, from birth through kindergarten. Every day more than 225 children attend early intervention, preschool and kindergarten classes. Some of these children have … [Read more...] about Inclusive education is a plus for children of all abilities
This is immoral, it's a crime, and we are not going to accept that, ' said Gustavo Torres, executive director of the immigrant advocacy group CASA. Sessions announced the policy in Scottsdale, Ariz. As so many people are constantly pointing out, we are a nation of laws, and our laws say that no state can deny students a free and appropriate public school education due to their immigration status. HHS - that's the Department of Health and Human Services. They don't want to be contacted by a government agency. Many seized on reports that HHS "lost" 1,475 children previous year, describing them as "missing". "Out of an abundance of caution", he said, the agency tried to check in on thousands of children by calling their sponsors. "Separating children from their families has many disastrous consequences, not the least of which is making it much harder for them to make their claim for USA protection". Bussey begged to differ. Rather than stirring up division and targeting law-abiding … [Read more...] about Legal and policy describing White House statements on unaccompanied children: ‘Lies’
Betsy DeVos was confirmed as President Donald Trump’s education secretary Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, by the Senate when Vice President Mike Pence cast the deciding vote to break a 50-50 tie. The president praised DeVos on Twitter as “a reformer, and she is going to be a great Education Sec. for our kids!" But DeVos has been criticized and even ridiculed for her stumbles and confusion during her confirmation hearing. Here are 10 things to know about DeVos. Charter school advocate, billionaire Republican donor DeVos, 59, is a billionaire Republican donor from Michigan who has spent more than two decades advocating for charter schools in her state and around the country, and has promoted conservative religious values. She is married to Dick DeVos, heir to the Amway marketing fortune. Above, DeVos stands with President-elect Donald Trump at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse in Bedminster, N.J., on Nov. 19, 2016. Mike Pence's historic, … [Read more...] about Who is Betsy DeVos, Trump’s new education secretary?