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Broad changes ahead as NCLB waivers roll out
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The waivers being granted to 10 of 11 states that applied for flexibility under the No Child Left Behind Act would allow them to make potentially broad changes in how school performance and the performance of student subgroups are judged under the decade-old law. Some advocates for disadvantaged students are questioning whether the waivers granted by the U.S. Department of Education will make it easier for states to ignore lagging student performance among various subgroups, such as racial and ethnic minorities, English-language learners and students with disabilities. More

Is cadmium the new lead? Link reported between the ubiquitous metal and kids with learning disabilities
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It's a heavy metal. It's linked to learning problems in school children. And every child is exposed. Sounds like lead? It's cadmium. Signs are emerging that cadmium — a widespread contaminant that gets little attention from health experts and regulators — could be the new lead. Children with higher cadmium levels are three times more likely to have learning disabilities and participate in special education, according to new research. More

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Opinion: The reality of dyslexia: Millions struggle
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"The Upside of Dyslexia," by Annie Murphy Paul (Sunday Review, Feb. 5), rightly points out that while all people with dyslexia struggle with reading, some demonstrate unique strengths. What this research does not underscore is the extent to which this learning disability negatively affects millions of lives. More

Expert: Feds gave more questions than answers on disability law
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Some people welcomed the new guidance provided by the Office for Civil Rights, guidance that clarifies school district responsibilities under amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The guidance could open the door for more students to be evaluated for special education services or accommodations provided under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. But one expert on school law, in particular the ADA and Section 504, is more concerned about what the guidance doesn't say. More

Special education gets fresh look in Minnesota schools
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Nancy Cooley has spent 20 years helping struggling young readers build a foundation for academic success. Each day, Cooley works individually with students like Gavin Bass, a first-grader, who need extra help mastering specific literacy skills using a program called "Reading Recovery." Interventions like these can help get a student back on course, possibly avoiding a learning-disability classification. Such one-on-one interventions are time-consuming and can be costly, but a growing number of school leaders across the Twin Cities are betting they will pay off academically and financially. More

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Student with learning disability finds her niche in biology
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Most days, from the wee hours of the morning until late into the evening, you can find Lynika Strozier in a molecular genetics and cell biology lab at the University of Chicago, poring over a microscope, conducting experiments with cells. To look at Strozier now, you'd never know what she's been through. She will tell you that although the trial-and-error process is the cornerstone of science, it has also been the story of her life. More

Kentucky postpones ending read-aloud accommodation on state tests
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Kentucky is putting off a change to its state testing program that would have cut back on the use of readers on reading tests for some students with disabilities. The changes, approved by the state board of education, were to have taken effect in time for testing in the spring, Rhonda L. Sims, the state director of support and research, said. More

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Obama to highlight education in budget rollout
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In his fiscal 2013 budget request slated to roll out, President Barack Obama is making a big push for continued investment in education, including emergency aid for K-12 schools, competitive grants for teacher-related programs, and a new $8 billion fund to encourage jobs training initiatives at community colleges. Overall, the president is requesting $69.8 billion for the U.S. Department of Education, an increase of $1.7 billion, or 2.5 percent. More

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