Anthony Mullen, the 2009 National Teacher of the Year, answers questions about the award and his work with students with behavioral and emotional disabilities. "The staff at my school is very successful with our student population because we give them what they really want and can't get from a rigid high-school schedule -- and that's our time," he says.
Girls who are exceptionally gifted typically begin Mary Baldwin College's program after middle school and graduate from the western Virginia school with bachelor's degrees four years later. Some students say they feel challenged for the first time after entering the program. "If students are not challenged academically, they won't reach their full potential," said program director Stephanie K. Ferguson.
Bipartisan state lawmakers in New York are backing legislation that would require insurers to cover up to $36,000 per year in autism-related care. U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., says she will introduce a bill that would help military families who have children with autism.
Fit children may have less stress, longer attention spans, better memories and be more prepared to learn, according to recent research. Struggling students who took a physical-education class prior to an algebra class improved their test scores by 20.4%, compared with 3.9% for other students, according to data from an Illinois high school.
A bill mandating insurance coverage for autism treatments for children was among 10 pieces of health-related legislation signed into law by Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter. The new law requires insurers to cover the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders.