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12/8/2017

New York City's education department plans to open resource centers in each borough to help students with special needs transition to life after high school. Center staff are expected to help students set goals and plan their high-school time, train high-school staff and, eventually, establish paid work experiences for students.

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12/8/2017

Eighth-graders in a social studies class at an Illinois middle school took the lead in creating a virtual memorial honoring local veterans. Since its launch in 2014, more than 200 students have worked on the database, which features images and details about the vets.

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12/8/2017

Volunteers and the nonprofit Save the Children are working to give students in Puerto Rico learning opportunities beyond the school day. In one area, where the school day ends at 12:30 and power has not been restored to the school building, students have access to an after-school program.

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12/8/2017

Research shows state lawmakers may be falling short when crafting equitable school funding systems. One analysis shows that 21 states -- up from 14 the year before -- provide less funding to schools with higher concentrations of low-income students.

12/8/2017

The US Department of Education has released a document aimed at explaining the implications of a US Supreme Court ruling related to special education. This blog post links to the full Q&A from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

12/8/2017

Twenty-four percent of parents are concerned about safety in school. Our guests say it's time for schools to rethink and decentralize how we approach school safety. Amy Klinger is nationally recognized school safety and crisis management expert. Amanda Klinger is an expert in cyberbullying, school safety and the law.

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12/8/2017

Researchers are looking into reasons why some immigrant populations seem to have unusually low or high incidences of autism. Some studies suggest that children born to mothers who migrated while pregnant may be at higher risk, while other researchers are looking at ways to adapt screening tests -- developed for white, middle-class children -- to other cultures.

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12/7/2017

About 20 states have included elements of personalized learning in their Every Student Succeeds Act plans, says Lillian Pace of KnowledgeWorks. Even so, Chip Slaven of the Alliance for Excellent Education says states' ESSA plans have not met overall expectations for innovation in schools.

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12/7/2017

One way educators can promote reading across the curriculum is to have student-selected, independent reading in subject-area classes beyond English, language-arts teacher and instructional-support coach Ariel Sacks writes in this blog post. She shares research supporting her ideas and describes how some history and science teachers support reading.

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12/7/2017

Teachers can help students sharpen their math skills, including spacial reasoning and calculations, by building a gingerbread house, writes elementary math consultant Jeannie Curtis. In this blog post, Curtis outlines the project and how it works as a mix of math review and the introduction of new skills.

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