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More students in New York City schools homeless than ever before :

The number of students in New York City's public schools living in temporary housing reached a record 114,659 this past school year, according to the Advocates for Children of New York. This marked the third year in a row that the number exceeded 100,000, the group said. The New York Times (10/15) hf

Too Many States Minimize Student Subgroup Performance in Essa Accountability Systems:An analysis by the Alliance for Excellent Education indicates that many state are skirting ESSA's requirements related to identifying low-performing schools, and those where subgroups of students are struggling (e.g., vulnerable subgroups of students, such as racial minorities, English-learners, and those with disabilities).

One Third of Middle- and High-Schoolers Were Bullied Last Year, Study Shows: A third of students say they were bullied last school year, according to a report released today by non-profit group YouthTruth. That’s an increase from two years ago, when just over one in four students had been. (USA Today, Sept. 24)

A Benefit of Free Lunch for All: Fewer Students Get Repeatedly Suspended, New Study Suggests It’s the latest evidence that universal meal programs, which have also been linked to higher test scores and better health in other research, help students. (Chalkbeat, Sept. 18)

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.

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.

>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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