Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor in 2009 created iCivics, a free, online, standards-based program of civics lessons and interactive games. Today, the project is being used by more than 50,000 students in all states. She offers one lesson in this article.
Apple may be developing new technology that could make its tablet computers and smartphones more accessible to individuals with disabilities who cannot use a touch screen, a recent filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office shows. The company's iPhone and iPad are popular among those with disabilities, but they are less accessible to those who have visual impairments or difficulties with dexterity.
A new law in Ohio would require math and English teachers in the lowest-performing schools to retake the state's teacher-licensure exams beginning as soon as next school year. Those who pass the tests would be exempt from taking them for three years, while those who fail could be fired by their school districts. "The whole purpose here is to help our most persistently struggling schools by working to provide the best instructors possible," state education spokesman Patrick Galloway said. However, others argue that the law is punishing 7,000 teachers who work in the neediest schools.
The Education Department has released guidelines for educating about 340,000 children through the age of 2 who have disabilities and receive services through the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act's Part C program. Among other requirements, the new guidelines dictate when and how infants and toddlers should be identified and referred for services and therapies, and set standards for transitioning the children into preschools and special education. "Children are so young," said Deborah Ziegler, associate executive director of policy and advocacy services for the Council for Exceptional Children. "The timelines are important."