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1/21/2019

An Indiana high school is planning to open a free laundry facility for students. Officials say they sought to offer on-site laundry after noticing some students wore the same clothes to school on multiple days, adding that the service could help boost attendance and students' self-esteem.

1/21/2019

The Philadelphia Board of Education recently was asked to support the Black Lives Matter Week of Action, to be held Feb. 2 to 10. The Caucus of Working Educators says more than 30 cities plan to participate in the event that seeks to eliminate racism in education.

1/21/2019

A study in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry showed that evaluating interpersonal psychotherapy response and augmenting treatment for inadequate responders at week four of treatment was better in curbing depression symptoms in adolescents compared with assessments at week eight. The findings also showed that boosting psychotherapy at four weeks through additional fluoxetine or session frequency was effective.

1/21/2019

An Illinois school district is partnering with Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital and a nonprofit employment agency to offer hospital internships to students with special needs through Project Search. Students rotate through three different positions in the hospital to find a field that is a good fit.

1/21/2019

The partial federal government shutdown is affecting individuals with special needs through the shuttering of some agencies and with furloughed workers struggling to pay for support services. For example, the shuttered Department of Housing and Urban Development can't renew rental contracts, which affects thousands receiving housing assistance.

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1/21/2019

A bill making its way through the South Dakota legislature would give schools more flexibility on when to administer standardized tests. The measure, along with an amendment to stop lawmakers from delegating rulemaking authority to the state Board of Education Standards, goes back to the state House after unanimous approval in the Senate.

1/21/2019

Connecticut fifth-grader Olivia Nuccio has been named her town's "kid mayor" after she created a campaign platform, produced a video and garnered support for her idea to encourage more physical activity in schools. Nuccio's campaign was part of the statewide Kid Governor civics program, which she didn't win but instead takes the gavel in her town.

1/18/2019

Play is an important part of how children learn, writes Amanda Armstrong, a doctoral candidate at New Mexico State University. Armstrong shares several strategies to help integrate play in early education, including recognizing that students have varied play preferences based on their culture and other factors.

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1/18/2019

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says he is considering a plan to help continue school food services if the partial federal government shutdown continues. He said school food in the city -- where 75% of students qualify for free and reduced-price meals -- is a top priority.

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Chalkbeat
1/18/2019

The US Department of Education will lead an effort to address the use of restraint and seclusion on students with disabilities, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Thursday. As part of the initiative, schools will receive resources that clarify how to use interventions to address behavioral issues among students with disabilities.

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