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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,
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) -
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)
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)
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.
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