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Keep up with the National Initiative for Transforming Student and Learning Supports. For details and for free access to the new work entitled: Transforming Student and Learning Supports: Developing a Unified, Comprehensive, and Equitable System, see http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu/newinitiative.html

Many U.S. schools still not fully prepared for disasters Many U.S. public school districts lack comprehensive plans for responding to natural disasters, infectious disease outbreaks and other emergencies despite a federal initiative for all schools to address these needs by 2020, researchers say. (Reuters Health -Aug. 8) - https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-kids-school-safety/many-us-schools-still-not-fully-prepared-for-disasters-idUSKBN1KT2GQ

Louisiana Trying to Extend Foster Care Program Until Age 21 Louisiana started a modest expansion of the foster care program last month, paying for students to finish high school, rather than immediately cutting off aid when a child turns 18. Now, state officials want to find a way to care for all foster children until they turn 21. (Associated Press, Aug. 3) shr https://www.apnews.com/08bf92a2a6444337bdc5824829eb35cc/Louisiana-trying-to-extend-foster-care-program-until-age-21?utm_campaign=2018-08-03+Stateline+Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Pew

Most States Still Don't Require Full-Day Kindergarten, Report Finds. The newly updated report, which was released last month, finds that that only 15 states and the District of Columbia require full-day kindergarten. (Education Week, July 9) http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/early_years/2018/07/most_states_still_dont_require_full-day_kindergarten_report_finds.html?cmp=soc-twitter-shr

Special education students on the rise.  The number of students receiving special education in public schools is rising, with about 13 percent of all students receiving such instruction, according to a recent study. A Department of Education report, titled the Condition of Education 2018, states the number of students aged 3 to 21 receiving special education services increased from 6.6 million to 6.7 million from the 2014-2015 school year to the 2015-2016 school year. Among those, 34 percent had specific learning disabilities, of which 20 percent had speech or language impairments and 14 percent had other health impairments.

>County to pay rent so children don't have to change schools. To keep 26 children from being yanked out of their Northeast Portland (OR) elementary school mid-school-year, Multnomah County will spend $48,000 to cover the steep rent increases that threatened to displace them and their families. Rigler Elementary School is in the county's SUN Community Schools program, which provides after-school activities and social services to disadvantaged students. The county-connection made reallocation of funds possible. County officials decided that, through the SUN program, they'd made an investment in Rigler children's success and wanted to support that community. http://www.oregonlive.com/education/index.ssf/2017/02/county_to_pay_rent_for_26_port.html#incart_river_index

>North Carolina's School-Based Mental Health Initiativ. Requires all LEAs/charter schools to develop and implement a plan for assessing and improving the effectiveness of existing supports for addressing the mental health and substance use needs of the student population. Each plan is to address (1) universal prevention, (2) early intervention services, and (3) referral, treatment, and re-entry. In addition, state-level supports via consultation and training are described. Policy statement

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