Many public and private colleges and universities are boosting the minimum wage for their employees, either as a stand-alone policy or in compliance with new state or local laws. The pay hikes come at a cost to institutions' bottom lines, but University of Washington interim President Ana Mari Cauce echoed other leaders, saying, "It's the right thing to do, but it's not necessarily the easy thing."
The language educators use in the classroom can empower students and help them to "internalize tools and strategies for moving forward and growing toward their goal," educator Alex Shevrin suggests in this blog post. Students -- particularly those with mental health challenges -- can benefit when teachers avoid stigmatizing language and start conversations about choices and consequences, Shevrin writes.
New Jersey has awarded $4.4 million to various autism research projects. Rutgers and Rowan universities will receive $3.2 million for eight research projects. The remaining $1.2 million will go toward the creation of what are known as autism medical homes, which combine medical and behavioral treatments.
Crow Wing County Community Services in Minnesota has helped create a residential program for young women with developmental disabilities. The residence, dubbed Nova House, will teach life skills and help the women learn to live as independently as possible. The county partnered with Josh's Place, which provides care for people with disabilities.
Transgender students must be allowed to use the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity, according to a U.S. Justice Department court filing. Failure to allow the student that choice would be considered sex discrimination under Title IX.
Many Americans are struggling to afford medication for their chronic illnesses, even with jobs and health insurance. This puts more strain on these populations and raises the risk of additional health problems. Prices for brand, generic and specialty drugs climbed 10.9% last year compared with the year before. Meanwhile, the number of Americans who need expensive medications is rising quickly as well.
The Haven for Hope homeless shelter in San Antonio is being used as the model for a planned shelter in New Orleans. The shelter includes a "low-barrier," partially covered outdoor area that does not require sobriety or an ID. The shelter also offers an integrated care clinic with psychiatric and social services.
The Indiana State Board of Education this week voted to ask the state attorney general's office for options as it considers a request by state schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz to delay A-F grades for schools. The delay, expected to be voted on in the fall, is meant to give schools time to adjust to changes to the ISTEP+ exam that may result in lower scores for some students this year.
A new education governance reform law gives the Vermont State Board of Education the power to consolidate school districts if local restructuring efforts do not meet state standards. However, the board plans to act only in cases of last resort, board member Peter Peltz said.
Online learning will continue to expand at colleges and universities as state and other funding sources decrease, online learning program developer Kevin Corbett predicts in this Q&A. Corbett says institutions will have to adjust their policies to meet challenges around global technological advances and make decisions on how to deliver the best education given their financial limits.